Sudbury – At its second annual EXPLO evening, the Conseil scolaire public du Grand Nord de l’Ontario (CSPGNO), in partnership with the Sudbury and District Health Unit, provided opportunities for young and old to shine during a family event like no other. This festive event was designed for CSPGNO families to have fun with their children, to pursue their interests and to make a difference in their community.
The EXPLO! workshops touched on a wide variety of themes: making tasty treats for dogs, an inflatable house with firefighters, Rwandan dance, knitting scarves for the homeless, building a bird feeder with recyclable materials, making personal care products, protecting northern Ontario animals, making a turtle out of play dough, and much more.
Renowned speaker Dr. Wayne Hammond offered a workshop on strategies that parents can use to help their children develop important traits and qualities and social empathy. In addition, Atlas the eccentric explorer presented his zany show Le monde est petit! (It’s a small world), which promoted individual involvement by encouraging spectators to reflect on social issues and to take a stand.
Thanks to the generosity of CSPGNO families, a total of 119 cans of non-perishable food items, 93 books and 228 personal care products were donated to various community groups. Moreover, 300 dog biscuits made during this evening, as well as a small bed, were donated to Pet Save.
The Board would like to thank all the volunteers, students, adults, facilitators and community partner organizations for their contributions. Together, they ensured the phenomenal success of this event. Thanks to their optimism, enthusiasm and commitment to the future of today’s youth, EXPLO! has once again inspired acts of kindness in the community and helped to make our world a better place.
Recognized for its keen sense of innovation and openness to the world, CSPGNO offers a French-language public education of the highest quality in eleven elementary schools and eight secondary schools in the communities of Markstay, Noëlville, Greater Sudbury, Elliot Lake, Sault Ste. Marie, Wawa, Dubreuilville, Marathon, Manitouwadge and Longlac.