The first day of school has come and gone bringing with it a lot of eager students excited to be back.
There to welcome back the students was the Minister of Education, David Eggen, who toured the St. Kateri Elementary School, École McTavish Junior High School, Greely Road Public school and the Fort McMurray Islamic School.
“I think it’s important for Fort McMurray, for Wood Buffalo and the whole province to see the first day of school up here,” said Eggen. “A lot of people have had their thoughts and prayers around Fort McMurray and back to school is a symbol of that sense of hope and optimism.”
What he saw was many smiles from students and teachers excited to go back to school in their community, this being a great sign for recovery after many were worried about the mental health of the students, teachers and staff going back to the spot they were evacuated from.
Eggen says the happy faces were great but they’ll still have mental health supports in place.
“The staff will be monitoring everybody’s mental health over these next weeks and months and certainly for the staff to, I mean it was a traumatic experience on May the third and a lot of people haven’t seen each other since that day.”
He’s also applauding the construction and restoration workers who worked over the summer to allow this day to happen.
From all the work that has been done to what still lies ahead, Eggen says he is excited for the students and teachers to get to come back, learn and make new friends.
“It’s going to be great, I can tell that Fort McMurray is a very young city, very dynamic, families who are making sacrifices to have a better life for their children and that is being reflected in every school I’ve been too,” added Eggen.