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NL students will get a chance to visit Europe


Nineteen junior high and high school students from around the province will be chosen this year to visit the battlegrounds where the Royal Newfoundland Regiment found during World War I.

Retired general Rick Hillier. — Telegram file photo

That announcement was made Monday, when the province officially launched its Amabassador Award Program and a series of curriculum-based enhancements concentrating on Newfoundland and Labrador’s First World War story.

The joint projects were developed by the Honour 100 Commemorations program and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Developed in partnership with the Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Ambassador Award Program is delivered through the Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Fairs, which have been expanded from junior high to also include high school.

We Remember: Honouring Those Who Served allows students to explore the lives of soldiers by researching their military service files.

The program is open to all students in Grades seven to 12 throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, and invites students to: select a soldier, other individual, or group who contributed to the war effort; research their experience; present their research.

Presentations can use a variety of formats, such as, drama, music, storytelling or visual art and projects will be adjudicated within the framework of the provincial Heritage Fairs program.

Additional curriculum resources have been developed in both official languages for select courses in Grades 7 to 12. The new lesson plans, which are titled We Remember: Honouring Those Who Served, allow students to learn, in more detail, about the Royal Newfoundland Regiment’s contribution to the First World War. These additions to the curriculum will be available to teachers in April, and will provide students with the opportunity to explore the lives of First World War soldiers by researching their military service files.

The Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador will partner with the Honour 100 program to administer the Ambassador Program.

Students will be selected at the Regional Heritage Fairs to attend a custom European tour of select battlegrounds where the Royal Newfoundland Regiment fought during the First World War.

General Rick Hillier will travel with the students and attend all events with the delegation.

This year’s Heritage Fair theme is Service and Sacrifice Shaping our Culture. Additional information on Heritage Fairs can be found by visiting: www.historicsites.ca

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