May 11, 2007
All aboard for a week-long ride at the Legislature
Edmonton—Students from École Desrochers School in Jasper will be riding the rails all the way to Edmonton as the winners of VIA Rail Canada contest for the School-at-the-Legislature program.
“Our Community partners are instrumental in helping us provide this unique, hands-on learning experience to as many Grade 6 Alberta students as possible,” said Ken Kowalski, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. “From September 18, 2006, through to June 15, 2007 we have a different school group participating in the School-at-the-Legislature program each week and thanks to our partnership with Via Rail Canada we are able to add École Desrochers to our list of participants from outside the Edmonton area.”
As the winners of the Via Rail/School-at-the Legislature contest, Grade 6 students from École Desrochers will get to ride the train from Jasper to Edmonton where they then participate in the week-long School-at-the-Legislature program.
“We are thrilled to be partners with the Alberta Legislature in this fantastic program that gives students a first-hand glimpse into the institution of parliament,” said Megan Gibson, Specialist, Leisure Travel (West), with Via Rail. “It is a wonderful opportunity for us to be able to utilize our services to bring students to Edmonton for this unique program.”
The Grade 6 students from École Desrochers will participate in the School-at-the Legislature program May 14 to 18. The School-at-the-Legislature program gives Grade 6 students an in-depth opportunity to experience Alberta’s parliamentary process. Teachers move their class into the School-at-the-Legislature classroom for one week. During this week their Social Studies class might observe Oral Question Period, their Art class might sketch the architectural detail of the Legislature Building or their Science class might take a nature walk around the grounds.