For over 50 years, the Peel District School Board has celebrated public education and accomplishments of staff, students and school communities during its annual Education Week. This year, as Peel communities face school closures due to COVID-19, the board will celebrate Education Week virtually, from April 20 to 24.
“Through education, we have the privilege and opportunity to be able to inspire joy and optimism—even from a distance,” says Director of Education Peter Joshua. “During these challenging times, I have seen educators and support staff, in every role, lead with their whole hearts to support student success and well-being. And at home, families are adapting to a constantly evolving world, while supporting their children to learn from a distance. This deserves to be celebrated. Although we are not able to celebrate Education Week as we have in the past, it’s important—now more than ever—to recognize the role each one of us plays in public education, to celebrate the partnerships between school and home, and to promote all the ways our schools and worksites inspire success, confidence and hope.”
The theme for this year’s week-long focus on education is We Inspire. Throughout the week, the board will recognize Peel students, staff and community members by sharing inspiring stories, creations and profiles on its social media channels. To join in, members of the Peel community can follow @Peelschools and #WeInspire on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and are encouraged to:
Recognize Award of Distinction recipients – More than 750 individuals – staff, students, volunteers and community members – will be honoured with Awards of Distinction for their exemplary contributions to schools and/or worksites. Take a moment to congratulate recipients for their contributions to public education in Peel.
Share words of gratitude – Send a ‘thank you’ to recognize those who inspire you using #WeInspire digital cards and gratitude cards created by students at Hillside Sr. Public School and Heart Lake Secondary School.
Showcase inspiring artwork and performances – Artwork created by students and staff will be showcased throughout the week. If you’re interested in sharing your artwork, tag @Peelschools on social media or submit it to [email protected] so it can be shared through Share the Smile and the board’s social media accounts.
Share stories of care and compassion – Through Share the Smile and social media accounts, the board will feature stories and creations by Peel students, staff, alumni and community members. If you know of an inspiring story, person or creation to feature, email [email protected]