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May – A month of DIGNIFIED celebrations…and NEW ETFO RESOURCES !!

May 2nd, 2012

Ah May ! A beautiful month bringing with it flowers, birds, lush lawns, and baseball !

May is also a month of acknowledgements and celebrations:  May Day, the international celebration of both Spring and of Workers,  Canada’s Aboriginal Awareness Week May 22 – 25,  World No-Tobacco Day on the 31st, and of course, Mother’s Day. Can’t wait for this year’s craft brought home from school, thanks Teachers for taking time to remember Moms!

Another theme acknowledged in May is DIGNITY.  While dignity is a theme important to many human service organizations, it has been comprehensively championed by the Salavation Army’s Dignity Project, a non-denominational program suggesting simple ways to help others help themselves in your community. This program dovetails well with the exploration of Social Justice present in Ontario’s curriculum from Kindergarten all the way through to Secondary.

ETFO has created many resources to support the integration of Dignity and other values of Social Justice for elementary as well as secondary Ontario classrooms.

In particular, the SOCIAL JUSTICE BEGINS WITH ME Kit for Primary, Junior and Intermediate grades and the K-8 CONNECTIONS are Ontario curriculum  based resources that include lesson plans and classroom resources to help bring inclusion, equity, empathy, respect, and dignity to your school.

There is a section in Connections specifically for French language classroom needs as well.

The TRC is pleased to have acquired these resources and they will soon be available for borrowing.

Please contact the TRC Librarian, Peggy Lunn, for more details about what these excellent resources have to offer, and check the TRC catalogue to book them for yourself.