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George Fitton School teacher Sherry Baker, pictured here with some of her Grade 7 and 8 students who participated in Project of Heart, was presented with a certificate of appreciation from the Brandon School Division during Monday night’s regular school board meeting.
The Brandon School Division presented a George Fitton School teacher with a certificate of appreciation during last night’s school board meeting for getting her Grade 7 and 8 students involved with the Project of Heart.
Project of Heart is a hands on approach to learning about the history and legacy of Canada’s residential school system through art. The project also gave students a chance to pay tribute to the children who did not survive the residential school system.
"It really helps bring it home for us," said school board chair Mark Sefton. "It’s a connection to our past, our history and also to our future."
Nearly 40 students in Sherry Baker’s class participated in the project by designing and painting their own wooden tiles, some of which will be unveiled at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, slated to open in 2014.
"It’s a piece of history that’s kind of hidden and tucked away but as we learn more it just opens up the door for conversation," Baker said.
Baker added that the project was just as rewarding for her as it was for her students.
"It was a big learning experience for me as well," she said. "By the end I know the kids really got it because they put so much effort into their tiles."
Baker found out about the Project of Heart while watching an episode of the CBC documentary mini series "8th Fire." After doing a little research online and finding projectofhope.com, she discovered that schools from around the world were taking part.
"It turned out to be this huge national project that we just kind of stumbled upon."
Baker said she hopes to take her students to see their tiles at the museum in the future.
"It’s great that they can be a piece of history at this age."
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 29, 2013