b'32 2019-2020 | ANNUAL REPORT 2019-2020 | ANNUAL REPORT 33J.H. BRUNS COLLEGIATELOUIS RIEL ARTS &TECHNOLOGY CENTRE Creative thinking was at the heart of a number ofIt was remarkable in its own way, Kuorikoski said. People activities and events that were held in honour of thishave been so creative by thinking outside the box. Even years graduating class. Grade 12 Student Servicesif it isnt like this next year, there might be pieces that we teacher Pamela Kuorikoski said there was a blend of morecan take forward. Instead of looking at what weve lost, itsEveryone at the Louis Riel Arts & Technology Centretraditional activities, as well as others with a uniqueimportant to look at what weve gained. Ive really seen the twist at J.H. Bruns Collegiate. These included teachersstaff coming together and working really hard for the kids.(LRATC) stepped up to the plate to make sure this years delivering lawn signs, and a socially distanced car parade,Its been different, but definitely unique. graduates remembered the personal touches. which showcased a procession of vehicles appropriately Speaking on the eve of the graduation celebrations,OUR TEACHERS HAVEdecorated for the occasion. During the parade, the vehiclesAndrea Delisle, Student Services Teacher and graduation drove past different feeder schools in the communitycommittee member, said this years activities and events, with teachers positioned at various points along theslated to include pre-recorded addresses, were set to beBEEN VOLUNTEERING TOroute cheering the drivers on. Kuorikoski said the factlivestreamed virtually so that everyone could enjoy the high schools across the city have had to rethink thisoccasion. In keeping with physical distancing protocols, ofDO WHATEVER THEY CANyears graduation celebrations, presented the chance toIVE REALLY SEEN course, things were a little different for the more than 200 approach things a bit differently. Some parts have beengraduates this year, such as the use of grad photos in lieuTO HELP.different, and some parts have been even better. This isTHE STAFF COMING of students going up on stage, but everyone at the school an opportunity we wouldnt have had were it not for theTOGETHER AND WORKINGworked hard to ensure the experience was a special one- ANDREA DELISLEpandemic, said Kuorikoski. She said the school held 31for the class of 2020. Obviously, its a little bittersweet short convocation ceremonies featured six graduates each with a limit of three guests. And things wouldnt have beenREALLY HARD FOR THE KIDS.this year, as this isnt our usual way of celebrating, but our teachers all got together and delivered graduation lawn the same without a classic hat toss, albeit a modified one, featuring each group of six in the schools gym. There wereITS BEEN DIFFERENT, signs to show the students we care about them. also video messages from teachers and a board for theThe significance of the grad sign delivery process cant be students to sign.BUT DEFINITELY UNIQUE. understated as LRATC students live not only in southeast Winnipeg, but across the city and throughout rural Manitoba. In Delisles case, her sign delivering route saw - PAMELA KUORIKOSKI her leave the school and make stops in Westwood, Fort Richmond, St. Vital, Sainte-Anne and Cooks Creek.Our teachers have been volunteering to do whatever they can to help, said Delisle.'