Source: Pincher Creek Voice
Summary: Napi’s Playground School at Piikani Nation hosted a reopening ceremony for their extensively renovated library on November 15. Guests in attendance included representatives of the Fu Hui Education Foundation (FHEF) and the Martin Family Initiative (MFI). Both organizations provided financial support to the school to refit the library. The guests were toured through Napi Playground (Piikani Nation’s elementary school) and visited with students in their classrooms before the presentation.
The School Staff, the Students and the Community all demonstrated a renewed interest in making their library an integral part of the school. Based on these factors as well as the school’s commitment to provide personnel to oversee the maintenance of the collections and to encourage multiple uses of the facility, it was decided that the Napi’s Playground Elementary School and Piikani Nation Secondary School Library would be an excellent choice for support through the Model School Library Project.
Martin Family Initiative (MFI) representative Carlana Lindeman explained the organization’s intent to support students to help them reach their full potential. Federal funding eligibility is across the country. Originally there were two First Nation schools in a pilot project. Napi’s Playground is the third school. MFI’s Julia O’Sullivan later explained the organization’s ongoing efforts. “We have a goal to be in 20 schools, by the year 2020.” Napi’s Playground is the first of six schools which MFI is supporting. Each school will work with MFI for six years. “We work with schools who have applied to work with us to improve the children’s reading and writing within their school.”
Judy San of Fu Hui Education presented a commemorative plaque to the school. San said the foundation is aiming at helping build 6 schools across Canada in the upcoming year. San also presented the library with a number of unique bookmarks made of real maple leaves, laminated, with inspirational messages, to be given to the students.