"CELEBRATION OF ACHIEVEMENT"
The most gratifying event of the
year at the Learning Centre is the annual "Celebration of
Achievement". This is a graduation ceremony for the youngsters.
At the same time groups and individuals who have supported the
Learning Centre over the past year are recognized.
The graduates had to complete a
thorough curriculum of reading, writing, language conventions,
phonetics, and spelling. This was delivered in sequential
lessons, twice a week over more than two years. This is only the
classroom portion. There is homework as well as family support
to ensure the lessons are applied and used daily. Since the
opening of the Learning Centre in September of 2009, just five
years ago, the total number of graduates now stands at seven.
It has become customary for each
of the graduates to speak to the audience, expressing their
thanks to their tutor and Scottish Rite. Often the tutor's and
parents add other comments. It is a moving and poignant moment
in the ceremony.
DONOR AND VOLUNTEER
Another part of the graduation
ceremony is when the donors and volunteers are recognized.
The Learning Centre has
established a 'Donor and Volunteer Recognition Program' to
acknowledge those who make a significant annual contribution to
the Barrie Learning Centre. Each year at this event, key groups
and individuals who have contributed their resources and time to
the Learning Centre are recognized and honoured. Donors who have
contributed $500 or more annually receive an attractive polar
bear lapel pin and personalized certificate.
Similarly, volunteers are
recognized with a personalized certificate of appreciation.