Partnership Brings TREC’s Bridges Program to Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops

Posted On Thursday September 12, 2019

Superintendent of Schools Alison Sidow calls an agreement between the district, the City of Kamloops and the Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops to provide for the relocation of the TREC Bridges Program a great example of agencies pulling together for the benefit of students.

 “We are grateful to both the City of Kamloops and to the Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops for their generous assistance in making this arrangement possible,” said Sidow.

 In response to concerns expressed by parents and guardians of some TREC students over the relocation of the TREC Program to NorKam Senior Secondary, the district worked with the City and the Boys and Girls Club to find another space for students.

As a result, students in the Bridges Program will be relocated to the John Tod Centre at the Boys and Girls Club, located at 150 Wood Street. Bridges Program staff will host an open house for parents and guardians on Monday, Sept. 16 from 1 to 2 pm, and regular classes will begin for students on Tuesday, Sept. 17, starting at 8:30 am.

The TREC Program is being relocated to make way for Parkcrest Elementary students and staff to relocate to George Hilliard Elementary, the TREC programs regular home, after the loss of their school to fire Sept. 5.

TREC Principal Cory Carmichael said TREC staff are very appreciative of the partnership that is supporting a vital program for students in parents in the transition to secondary school.

“Often this transition is very challenging and difficult, and this program provides a crucial link to supporting that transition,” said Carmichael. “The staff at the John Todd Centre at the Boys and Girls Club have been exceptional and we look forward to this amazing partnership that supports our learning community.

 “We’re very pleased with the result of this partnership, which is a great example of organizations working together to the benefit of students, teachers, and staff in our community,” said Barbara Berger, City of Kamloops Recreation, Social Development, and Culture Manager. 

 “We are very happy to welcome the school district’s Bridges program and the students to the Club,” said Traci Anderson, Executive Director, Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops. “Our space is a welcoming, youth-centred place where kids can feel a sense of belonging. After all, these students are our community’s youth and we want them to feel safe and supported. It was an easy decision for us to share our space. In fact, before the call came we were already reaching out to TREC staff to offer our support in any way we could. This is a win-win.”

“Every learner is a priority. Every step that can be taken to meet students’ needs will be taken,” said Sidow. “We believe this step will alleviate the concerns that many parents and students have raised about going to a large high school.”

District staff are also exploring the potential of relocating the TREC Program, including students in the Bridges Program, to the Happyvale site within the next few months.

“Ultimately, the intention is that once Parkcrest Elementary is built, TREC will return to 985 Holt,” said Sidow.

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