St. A’s Students’ Council targets voter apathy

It’s hard to believe that another school year is well upon us. St. Augustine School kicked of its 2008- 2009 school year with activities like beach day and a welcome back pancake breakfast for students and their families in the first part of September.

Kyle Morrow

Student Councel President:

It’s hard to believe that another school year is well upon us. St. Augustine School kicked of its 2008- 2009 school year with activities like beach day and a welcome back pancake breakfast for students and their families in the first part of September. The school is welcoming many new faces this school year, as new teachers and students join our school community. Enrollment has soared to a new high at St. Augustine School this year.

Students’ Council is busy planning many activities for the school year and the coming weeks in October. The Council has realized the need to help fight youth voter apathy and is holding a “mock election” in coordination with Student Vote Canada on October 14, 2008. Students in grades six to twelve will be able to get information on the electoral process and on all the candidates in the coming days of the campaign. They will then be given the opportunity to cast a ballot for the candidate that they feel would best represent the community and the riding of Wetaskiwin. Results from the election will be posted on Student Vote’s website and will be announced after the election. The goal is to help youth get engaged in the democratic process and spark an interest in public policy and government. The best way to learn about democracy is to experience it one- on- one.

St. Augustine School will also be organizing a Thanksgiving food drive from the first to ninth of October. The goal is to collect food and donations on behalf of the needy in our community so that everyone in our town can sit down and enjoy a meal on Thanksgiving Day. Our community is very generous and has always lent a hand to those less fortunate people in Ponoka and in many other communities. If you would like to support the food drive you can drop donations off at the Secondary School during the week.

The Grade 12 class would like to thank everyone for their support in the community bottle drive that took place on Oct. 4. The graduating class is raising money to help less- fortunate children receive an education in developing nations like Kenya and Afghanistan. All proceeds will go to the locally established A Better World humanitarian group which is based out of Lacombe and run by Central Alberta volunteers.

In sports news, The Kings and Queens have kicked off another great year of athletics. The St. Augustine cross- country running team is out running hard and training for competitions that will take place later this month throughout central Alberta. The school has taken many banners for cross country in past years and is hoping to add a few more to the already decorated walls of the gymnasium. Volleyball, is also well underway at school. The senior high girls won several games in Ponoka and surrounding areas and are training hard for future tournaments and competitions.