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BROCKVILLE | The old Latin proverb of mens sana in corpora sano is the guid- ing principle behind the Upper Canada school district’s strategy for making sure students have healthy minds and healthy bodies. Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) Trustee Valerie Allen provided her colleagues with an update of the Living Well Charter project. The UCDSB program focuses on student mental health needs, is- sues, and services. The district has hired Russ Larocque to take the lead on helping draft a mental health strategy for the district. The strategy will identify strengths and weaknesses in the Upper Canada district related to stu- dent mental health needs. The overall goal of the Living Well Char- ter program is to select and support men- tal health promotion and prevention pro- grams that meet the needs of the district. Ottawa-based psychiatrist Dr. Darcy Santor is working with the board in this area and his online magazine, MyHealth, is available to students. Parents of pre-school children are urged to make plans now to register for all-day kindergarten in the fall. The final phase of the Education Minis- try’s full-time kindergarten project goes in effect this year. Many school districts are al- ready promoting early registration for kin- dergarten. The ministry goal is to have full-time kin- dergarten programs in every publicly-fund- ed school in Ontario this September. The project is based on studies that show that children who take part in full-time kinder- garten are better prepared to enter Grade 1 and prove more successful in all areas of school activities. Ministry officials also esti- mate that families can save up to $6500 in child care costs through full-time kinder- garten enrollment. Final phase FT kindergarten FINCH | Trees are thriving under the care of the South Nation Conservation Author- ity. The latest fall assessment results are in on the regional conservation agency’s tree planting program partnership with local landowners. The first five years of growth are monitored every year. The 2009 crop of 348,000 seedlings plant- ed on 76 sites throughout the South Nation River watershed had a 70 per cent survival rate. SNC staff rate that as acceptable given the 2012 drought conditions and the heavi- er rainfall in 2013. SNC’s growing success


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