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Schools hub of community

posted Apr 24, 2010, 4:03 PM by   [ updated May 18, 2010, 7:23 PM ]
Small Schools Beneficial - The Casket

"Bigger isn’t better.
      That was one of the themes of a presentation Friday night at St. Ninian Place in Antigonish centering on small schools.
      Hosted by Save Community Schools, a group focused on keeping small schools open in the region, the event featured Acadia professor Michael Corbett and early childhood development expert and Inverness resident Jim Mustard.
      Close to 150 people gathered to not only hear the speakers, but also to express their thoughts about the future of rural schools in the region.
      Mustard stressed the importance of childhood development in the early years, even before youngsters attend school. As part of ongoing community building in Inverness, people are joining forces and gathering ideas about how to build strong and vibrant rural communities.
      Mustard said the small community school can serve as a focal point of that vibrancy, including as part of a “seamless network” of development from maternal health to the child eventually becoming part of the school system."

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