Canadian history celebrated at heritage fair

The 2016 Vernon and District Heritage is on track for its scheduled April 8 date.

The 2016 Vernon and District Heritage is on track for its scheduled April 8 date.

The fair is a celebration of Canadian history. It encourages students to explore their heritage in a dynamic hands-on learning environment.  Students use the medium of their choice to share stories about Canadian heroes, legends, milestones and achievements.

More than 190 students have already participated in the Vernon school district heritage fairs held this month.

Of these, 40 students have been invited to attend the Vernon and District Heritage Fair.

“Students will participate in a fun-filled day of activities, a chance to have their projects judged, and the opportunity to showcase their work for family, friends and the community. They will also receive a free T-shirt, lunch, snacks and prizes,” said fair organizer Pat Simmons.

From the Vernon fair some students will receive an invitation to travel to the Okanagan Regional Fair and the opportunity to be invited to attend the B.C. Provincial Heritage Fair.

“Participation in the fairs enhances literacy and communication skills, supports cross curricular IRP requirements, and encourages active citizenship by celebrating the roots and achievements of people,” said Simmons.

The community is encouraged to attend the public open house at the Schubert Centre Friday, April 8 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony. For more information, or to contact the fair committee, visit www.vernonheritagefair.org or e-mail vernonheritagefair@gmail.com.

The 2016 Vernon and District Heritage Fair is a project of the North Okanagan Optimist Club, www.northokanaganoptimistclub.org.