Partners come through for local UCDSB schools

David Ross (left), president and CEO of Ross Video with the mobile computer lab that Ross Video donated to Seaway pictured with its future users from Iroquois and Morrisburg Public Schools. Front (l-r) Kaylyn Gravelle, Hudson Urquhart, Jack Croteau, Sophia Raycroft, Kerrington Kelly and Jordan Elliott. Behind them are IPS principal Sarita Anderson, Kelly Bergeron of Code Heroes and MPS principal Krista Mano.

IROQUOIS – Municipal officials, school board officials, community partners, teachers and most importantly students from all three South Dundas public schools gathered at Seaway District High School Friday morning in recognition of new and increased partnerships that have come to fruition.

The Municipality of South Dundas announced that it will invest $30,000 over the next three years to engage Code Heroes here in South Dundas.

Code Heroes, a non-profit supporting technology education in this area, is making weekly stops at Morrisburg Public School, Iroquois Public School and Seaway District High School teaching students programming skills and coding logic.

“Today’s partnership is an exciting development for our Code Heroes program,” said Kelly Bergeron of Code Heroes. “It is fantastic to work together to help inspire a new generation of innovators and creators.

David Ross, Seaway graduate, now president and CEO of Ross Video, headquartered in Iroquois, was extremely supportive of last year’s save Seaway movement.

“It is really exciting to be here,” said Ross. “A year ago, we thought this place wouldn’t be here. It is wonderful to be here and to able to follow through on the promises I made,” he added.
Ross Video donated a mobile computer lab, featuring 30 high-end Dell laptops to the school.

These partnerships provide additional support to existing UCDSB technology programs.

“These new laptops will support the strong Code Heroes computer programs and support this important aspect of our curriculum,” said Jeff McMillan, chair of the Upper Canada District School Board.

He added that these announcements lead to enhanced learning opportunities. “This is what we want when we talk about community involvement,” he said.

“We at the Upper Canada District School Board want to invest in programs that matter for our students,” said director of education Stephen Sliwa. “This collaboration will help with what we do.”
“I would like to thank the Municipality of South Dundas, Ross Video, and Kelly from Code Heroes for supporting these important programs both here at Seaway and with our partners at Morrisburg and Iroquois Public Schools.”

“South Dundas looks forward to continuing this collaboration; and are thankful for the opportunity to partner in the common goal of enhancing the learning of our students,” said South Dundas mayor Evonne Delegarde. “A sincere thanks to all parties who were involved in this process and participated in bringing us to where we are today.”

The Municipality of South Dundas is overseeing a donation of used computers that are destined for a new student computer lending program that will be coming to Morrisburg Public School.
South Dundas is also working with a group of partners towards the creation of a South Dundas Innovation Centre.