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14 Canadian Schools Honoured for Showcasing their Home Communities on the Web

SchoolNet Press Release

OTTAWA, May 23, 2001 -- The Honourable Brian Tobin, Minister of Industry, today announced the 14 top schools in SchoolNet's Communities@ca, a national competition celebrating unique communities and showcasing excellence in community collaboration and web site design.

"Students and teachers who participated in the GrassRoots Communities@ca competition should be proud," said Minister Tobin. "In building their web sites, they have created comprehensive resources for all Canadian students and developed valuable skills for their future."

The Communities@ca competition, now in its third year, invites students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and their teachers to work with their communities to create a web site showcasing the place where they live. The competition presents awards ranging from $500 to $2,000 in four categories:

The World Around Us, Geography and Environment
1st -- Willoughby Elementary, Langely, British Columbia
2nd -- Vedder Middle School, Sardis, British Columbia
3rd -- Barnwell School, Barnwell, Alberta
and Honourable Mention -- Selkirk Elementary, Whitehorse, Yukon.

Our Living Past, Local History and Events
1st -- Calvin Park Public School, Kingston, Ontario
2nd -- Crichton Park School, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
3rd -- Deseronto Public School, Deseronto, Ontario
Honourable Mention -- Carcross Community School, Carcross, Yukon.

Our Creative Spirit, Arts and Culture
1st -- Laval High School, Placentia, Newfoundland
2nd -- St. Bernard's Primary from Witless Bay, Newfoundland

The Way We Live, Local Economy, Society and Leadership
1st -- École La Villa des Amis, Tracadie-Beach, New Brunswick
2nd -- Pinecrest Elementary School, Bloomfield, Ontario
3rd -- Glovertown Academy, Glovertown, Newfoundland
and Honourable Mention -- Discovery Collegiate, Bonavista, Newfoundland

The web sites were evaluated by competing schools and a national panel of teachers and education experts on criteria such as design, technical sophistication, interactivity, value toothers, community involvement and creativity. Highlights of these web sites include photos, animated characters, maps, multimedia components and primary research based on interviews with members of community.

GrassRoots Communities@ca is part of Canada's SchoolNet. SchoolNet promotes the effective use of information and communications technologies in learning in partnership with the provincial and territorial governments, the education community and the private sector. It is an element of Connecting Canadians, the Government of Canada's initiative which aims to make Canada the most connected nation in the world.

With the help of provincial, territorial and corporate partners, the SchoolNet GrassRoots Program makes the connection between the curriculum and information communications technologies, capitalizing on technology as a vehicle for, and a driver of learning.

For further details check out GrassRoots Communities@ca

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