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Sherwood Park, AB. — Glen Allan Elementary’s kindergarten classes are clearing their shelves and making room for an influx of new books and supplies thanks to BNI Foundation Canada’s Adopt a Teacher program. On June 27, the school received a $1,000 grant from BNI Alberta North to purchase some much needed supplies to fill its Kindergarten First Nations, Métis and Inuit Resource Kits.

Once complete, the kits will include age-appropriate storybooks; First Nations, Métis and Inuit resource tools focused on kindergarten literacy; two Playmobil native camp set; traditional beaded items; dream catchers; a birch bark canoe; rawhide drums; Indigenous dolls; and two classroom teepees. In addition, many items within the kits are being purchased from local Indigenous businesses and artisans.

“The Indigenous culture is an important part of being Canadian,” says Melissa Hurdman, a kindergarten educational assistant at Glen Allan Elementary. “Right now, in our school we have many First Nations, Métis and Inuit resources for the higher elementary levels, but we’re lacking these resources, particularly hands-on items, at the kindergarten level.”

The goal of the kits is two-fold: to help kindergarten children gain a deeper understanding and respect about Indigenous culture and to help instill a sense of pride in those students who identify as First Nations, Métis and Inuit. Ultimately, these kits will help get the kindergarten classes excited about First Nations, Métis and Inuit programming and, as a result, facilitate its learning.

“Every year, we receive interesting applications and can only fund some of them,” says Pat Stride, the executive director of BNI Alberta North. “When the Review Committee read Glen Allan Elementary’s application is was a no brainer. The First Nations, Métis and Inuit resource kits will have immediate value for students and a long-lasting impact. We couldn’t be more thrilled.”

Glen Allan Elementary is one of 25 schools within Alberta receiving a BNI Alberta North grant this year. Every year, fundraising from local BNI members help educators around the region purchase needed items for their classrooms.

Glen Allan Elementary serves approximately 450 students in kindergarten to Grade 6 and is one of 42 schools within Elk Island Public Schools. More information about the school is available at    




For more information contact:
Melissa Hurdman, educational assistant, Glen Allan Elementary 780-467-5519
Laura McNabb, director, Communication Services, EIPS 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902