Caisse Alliance donates $10,000 to Northern Secondary School

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The Sturgeon Falls’ Caisse Alliance branch has donated $10,000 to Northern Secondary School to help purchase new equipment.

Two welding machines and a lift to handle all terrain vehicles, utility terrain vehicles, and motorcycles are on the shopping list, and the donation will go a long way to bringing these items to the school.

Northern Secondary has a specialist skills major program in mining, manufacturing, and transportation, and this new equipment will “enhance the student learning experience” by providing more hands-on work, explained Josh Casey, the communications coordinator for the Near North District School Board.

Kevin Baker is a technical education teacher at the school, and he “cannot thank Caisse Alliance enough for their generous donation.”

“It is refreshing and important to have community involvement” with the programs, Baker added.

He acknowledges that “when communities are interested in assisting schools to develop student experiences which reflect real-world opportunities, everybody wins.”

The new gear will be added to the school’s “manufacturing lab and transportation lab,” Baker explained, which “will enable our students to develop their skills on up-to-date-industry-standard equipment.”

Marcy Lemieux, the regional manager for Caisse Alliance, mentioned the money comes from their Caisse Alliance Fund, “created to help finance projects that will have a long-term impact” on the community.

“We are proud to be able to help” the school, Lemieux said. The donation “will have a positive impact on the development of the school and students.”

“This is absolutely remarkable,” enthused Gay Smylie, the superintendent of education at the Near North District School Board.

“Thank you Caisse Alliance for our generosity in helping advance student learning opportunities,” said Craig Myles, the school board’s director of education.

David Briggs, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, BayToday.ca

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