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Bringing History To Life
By: Dawn B., Level 3 student, Roncalli Central High, Port Saunders, NF

Video: Heritage Fair

Vikings, Beothuks, Harp Seals, Pierre Trudeau and a fisher woman were all present in St. Theresa’s gymnasium on Friday March 2nd 2001. A wide variety of people, animals, foods and other things associated with Newfoundland’s culture were all situated in the gymnasium to celebrate the first ever heritage fair the school had taken part in.

Thirty four projects ranging from the Ocean Ranger to traditional Newfoundland foods were displayed by grade fives and sixes. Students use the medium of their choice to tell stories and share information about Canadian heroes, legends, milestones and achievements. Fair judge Bill Greene commented, “I was very impressed. It was evident through what you seen in the gymnasium that there was a lot of work and effort put into these projects. All students carried themselves very well and are to be commended on a job well done.”

Winners of the local fair will compete at the regional fairs. The Regional Heritage Fairs take place in every Canadian Province during the month of May. These Fairs feature public exhibitions of Canadian history projects, displays, and workshops. Principal Brenda Cornick stated “This is the first year our school has taken part in a heritage fair and I am very impressed with all my students.” Students displaying exemplary effort and enthusiasm are selected to represent their province or territory in the National Heritage Fair in July.

The 2001 National Fair is set for July 14 in Kamloops, British Columbia at the University College of the Cariboo. Students from across the country will join together for a week of activities and celebrations culminating in the Fair.

Heritage Fairs create an active learning environment for students, celebrate cultural diversity, promote and publicize your heritage, and encourage people to celebrate their part in the history and heritage of this country.

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