April 23, 2014 10:00 ET
AIRDRIE, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - April 23, 2014) - Members of the media are invited to join as parents of the children at the Airdrie Francophone School enter the much-anticipated new school for the first time.
On Thursday, April 24, there will be an open house and welcome ceremony lead by Mr. Martin Camirand, Principal of the school, whereby each parent will be greeted and have an opportunity to experience the new building.
The school's older infrastructure accommodated 240 students from kindergarten to Grade 9 and was made up entirely of portables. For the past year, the school was based out of the Airdrie Genesis Recreation Center and its portables due to lack of space. The school was squeezed into a space of around 4,000 square feet. The new school has been a project of around 12 million dollars and now includes a state of the art science lab, a gymnasium, a music room, an assembly area, a project room and a cafeteria. The new building measure around 13,780 square feet and accommodates up to 400 students.
"This is a huge win for the FrancoSud School Board, the community of Airdrie and of course, the francophone community of Southern Alberta." - Joelle Croteau-Willard, Community Liaison Officer with ACFA.
École Francophone d'Airdrie, a UNESCO school (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) puts a very strong focus on human rights issues.
"To describe the previous environment as "tight quarters" would be a large understatement. The administration and teaching staff has had an incredible amount of feats to overcome to get here and as a school, they have truly triumphed time and time again over the adversity they have faced." - Joelle Croteau-Willard
Ecole francophone d'AirdrieJoelle Croteau-WillardCommunity Liaison Officer(403) firstname.lastname@example.org
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