The school district announced last week that it will be opening another Strong Start Program for pre-schoolers and their parents, this time it will be a Lax Kxeen Elementary School.
This means next year every elementary school in the city, along with Charles Hayes Secondary School will have a Strong Start Program.
The program will set aside a classroom run by an early childhood educator for pre-school aged kids and their parents or guardians to come in for a few hours a day and participate in educational activities together.
The superintendant of the school district, Lynn Hauptman, says that the district is excited to have another program starting in Prince Rupert.
“The province only approved 10 new programs this time round and we received one of them, we were very thrilled about that,” says Hauptman.
The School district has received $52,000 from the province to fund the program, $20,000 of which will go towards supplies and renovations on the classroom, and the rest will be spent n operating costs such as a new early childhood educator.