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Sharing what Catholic District School Boards do best to teach and inspire students in our Catholic schools is a key purpose of the “Good News” blog.  Today we’re happy to share insight into the inspiring ways the students, teachers, trustees, clergy and staff at Niagara Catholic DSB are reaching out to enrich their local Catholic community and to help those less fortunate thousands of miles away.

A Life-changing Experience for Niagara Catholic Students

Niagara Catholic is one of only a few school boards in the country to offer secondary school students the opportunity to experience life in a developing nation while gaining credits through the Niagara Catholic International Co-operative Experience (NCICE) program.

On September 24, 10 Niagara Catholic students and two teachers embarked on a three-month co-operative education experience to the island of Dominica. Students from Lakeshore Catholic High School, Saint Michael Catholic High School and Blessed Trinity Secondary School along with teachers Jason and Amber Benoit are staying at the convent of Portsmouth, Dominica, thanks to the generosity of Sister Alces Williams.

The students had various co-op options to choose from including: Assisting classroom teachers in the preparation, delivery and assessment of curriculum at St John’s Catholic Elementary School; assisting registered nurses in the daily care of the residents of the Northern District Home for the Aged (the Grange); organizing a literacy club run out of the Portsmouth Library; or helping professional educators teach life skills to the students of the Centre where Adolescents Learn to Love and Serve (CALLS).

In their updates to Niagara Catholic, students explained how their experience in Dominica has altered their world view. The letters and a full photo gallery can be found on the Dominica tab at the bottom right-hand side of niagaracatholic.ca.

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Niagara Catholic Baptism Package

The Niagara Catholic Baptism Package is a new initiative between the Board, Bishop Bergie, the Diocese of St. Catharines and parish priests to strengthen the connection between home, school and parish.

The packages, which will be distributed to parishes throughout the Diocese of St. Catharines this summer, contain a letter from the Bishop, Chair and Director of Education, a Welcome to Niagara Catholic booklet, a Journey to School at Niagara Catholic Journal, a child’s Rosary and prayer and a copy of A Child’s Book of Prayers, written by Niagara Catholic students. Approximately 1,500 packages have been created.