Photo: Students from North Peace Secondary School discuss what will happen Thursday at the World Fair at the Lido Theatre – Brent Hodson / Energeticcity.ca
By Brent Hodson
The community of Fort St. John will get to experience different cultures at the Lido Theatre on Thursday as students from School District #60 will be hosting a World Fair. There will be over 10 booths with countries such as China, Japan, Korea, Bangladesh, Thailand, The Philippines, Mexico, Italy, Nigeria and Canada represented. Each booth with be interactive, and provide an opportunity to learn more about the culture. Another booth will be staffed by the Literacy Society who will be showcasing the “Coming to Canada” book and the different languages from around the world.
One of the students involved, Shane Fraser says that the fair will run from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. and as you walk in, you will receive a passport. You will then need to visit each booth to fill out your passport and then be entered into a draw for an iPod boom box. Shane hopes that the visitors to the World Fair will realize that there is more to do in Fort St. John than one may think.
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The Fort St. John Flyers will be bringing the Allan Cup down to the event. You will be able to challenge the Flyers to a game of road hockey or take part in a skills competition for some more prizes including Tim Horton’s gift certificates.
The organizing group is comprised of students from North Peace Secondary School and the Junior High’s as well as the Settlement Workers in Schools program and the Welcoming and Inclusive Community & Workplaces program through SUCCESS.
North Peace Secondary School student Lisa Zhang thought the World Fair would be a fun opportunity to showcase her culture
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The Settlement Worker in Schools program is in its second year and will be returning for a third in the new school year. It started as a pilot project with funding from the Provincial and Federal Governments. These types of programs were quite successful in southern BC and with the different climate and challenges faced with the North; it was an opportunity to expand the program. Jane Drew is part of the program and feels there is a need for the services it provides here in Fort St. John
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SUCCESS and the Welcoming and Inclusive Community & Workshops program have been a big partner with the program.