HELP on the Road: visiting the Boundary

HELP on the road: visiting the Boundary

A few members of the HELP team ventured eastward on April 24th to visit the communities of the Boundary region in School District 51. The district has collaborated with HELP for over fifteen years to collect data on early childhood with the EDI, and was one of the first to join the MDI project, participating every year since 2011.

Smaller communities like those in the Boundary may not always meet the per-neighbourhood threshold of 35 participating students required for HELP to release neighbourhood-level data. For this visit, HELP’s data and knowledge translation teams combined multiple years of MDI data to meet this threshold, allowing us to share local MDI data for East Boundary and West Boundary neighbourhoods for the very first time.

The actual boundary: Canada to the left, USA to the right.

We’re incredibly thankful to Doug Lacey, SD51’s Director of Instruction, for carving out a morning with the Boundary’s principals and school leadership to discuss MDI data and learn more about the district’s inquiry-based approach to school planning.

But the region’s dedication to child well-being is apparent far beyond the school walls, too – we learned much about the collaborative work happening in the Boundary in our conversations with members of the Boundary Family & Individual Services Society, Boundary All Nations Aboriginal Council, and the Boundary Early Years Advisory Committee.

I completely agree.

Printmaking on display.

We even snuck in a visit to the Grand Forks Art Gallery to attend the opening of Art Attack 2017, showcasing astounding creativity from kids enrolled in one of the many examples of strong after-school programs in the district.

Have a burning question about our visit? Connect with us directly here.

Otherwise, stay tuned: we’ll be delving deeper into the incredible work happening in the Boundary as part of an upcoming series exploring the middle years in communities across the province and beyond.

Morning coffee in Greenwood.