St. Teresa of Calcutta Elementary School Hosts Virtual VisitPublished on June 09, 2021
Local Students Welcome Minister of Education & Local Member of Provincial Parliament.
MISISSAUGA - Students and staff at St. Teresa of Calcutta Elementary School hosted Ontario Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, who participated in a virtual classroom visit at the school on June 9, 2021, accompanied by MPP Kaleed Rasheed.
It was an opportunity for students to ask questions directly to the Minister and MPP, learn more about how government works, and to demonstrate the quality of learning during the pandemic.
“I am so grateful to Ontario’s students and education staff for leading by example during this pandemic,” said Minister Lecce. “Working with these young leaders is an incredible source of pride and motivation. These engagements create opportunities to discuss issues of priority — from positive mental health to leadership development and the importance of the next generation of public service.”
With the assistance of their educators, the kindergarten class took the opportunity to ask the Minister and MPP about their work, in particular their daily schedules, weekend hours and preparation for press conferences. Both Minister Lecce and MPP Rasheed spoke on the values of leadership, public service, community and good listening. The classroom visit concluded with the students performing a song they had prepared in American Sign Language.
“I want to thank St. Teresa of Calcutta Elementary School for opening their virtual doors to us,” said Kaleed Rasheed, MPP for Mississauga East-Cooksville. “As a father of 3 school-aged kids, I know it’s been a challenging year for students and educators, but I am so proud of the work they’ve done in the virtual classroom environment. It is especially important to give our youngest students the opportunity to meet and speak with community leaders so that they can gain a sense of understanding and confidence and so they always know their elected officials are approachable people just like anyone else.”
- Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy, brings total investments to $16.3 billion to protect people’s health and $23.3 billion to protect our economy. Ontario’s COVID-19 action plan support now totals $51 billion.
- Under the 2021 Budget - Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy, the government is providing unprecedented relief to parents with $1.8 billion in direct payments as part of the Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit.
- The Ontario government is providing an additional $381 million, through the federal Safe Return to Class Fund, including investments of $50 million for air filters and other immediate measures to optimize air quality and ventilation.
- Ontario is also investing $550 million in the 2020–21 school year to build 20 new schools and eight permanent additions to existing schools.
- These new projects will create nearly 16,000 new learning spaces and will ensure that students and staff have access to the best classrooms and learning environments. During construction, these new projects will also create hundreds of jobs and contribute significantly to Ontario’s economic recovery.
- The government has committed to creating up to 30,000 new child care spaces, including up to 10,000 spaces in new schools.
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