April 2015

Highlights from the month of April for the Arrow Lakes News Year in Review

Spring break getaway- NSS students journeyed from Zurich to London via Italy

Bonjour and Arrivederci

While some Nakusp Secondary School students spent their spring break catching up on sleep, seven lucky students were climbing the Tower of Pisa, and riding the rails across France. Class trip participants were Rhys McLeod, Ashley Friedenberger, Courtney Hall, Hannah Koenig, Rowan Wurst, Maia Smith-Garnett, and Kallee Vanderkroft from Grades 9, 10 and 11. Four chaperones joined them, including two parents Glenn Koenig and Rory McLeod and retired NSS Principal Kees van der Pol and his wife Mayumi.

The group was gone from March 13-30. Leaving from Kelowna, they arrived in Switzerland, and went on to several stops in Italy including Venice, Rome, Florence and Pisa. The principality of Monaco was next, followed by France as they took in Cannes and Nice.

Ms. Jamison’s class off to Vancouver

Nakusp Elementary’s School’s Grade 6 class was selected for one of the BC Green Games prizes in the 2015 contest. Students worked on three different projects: school-wide milk container recycling, hand built wooden bird houses and recycled beverage bottle bird feeders which were hung on school property. Their efforts paid off.

Teacher Megan Jamison explained, “We actually won two awards through the BC Green Games. Both are based on decisions made by the professional judges that they hired-as we didn’t win a Viewer’s Choice award but the prizes we won are even better.”

Jamison’s class has been awarded $1000 to support more environmental projects at the school, starting with a small garden on the school grounds. Each school in the competition was guaranteed free entry to the Telus World of Science in Vancouver, however the feat of getting there would have been prohibitive had they not won the second award of $1500 to help with the costs of the field trip.

AKBLG a roaring success

The Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments (AKBLG) held its annual conference and AGM in Nakusp from April 22-24. The event is nomadic in nature, moving locations to different host cities throughout the area each year and it’s been more than a dozen years since Nakusp hosted.

More than 200 delegates, spouses, special guests and industry representatives descended on the village. “The conference is over and the delegates had a great time. They were really impressed with the arena complex facility, the restaurants in town and the community as a whole. Way to go Nakusp,” Mayor Hamling said.

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