Across the Boards - Summer 2018

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Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board

Teaching Leadership through the Arts

Every spring, almost 200 Grade 7-8 students from throughout the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board come together to discover and develop their innate leadership skills through the arts.

KPRts, an annual experience at Camp White Pine, welcomes students to three days and two nights of arts-focused activities with like-minded peers. High school student counsellors – half of whom were previous KPRts campers themselves – work with staff supervisors and practising artists to lead activities in dance, drama, music and visual arts.


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Whatever their role, all who participate in the camp are united in their praise for the leadership skills, lasting friendships and positive memories that result.  Arts-focused workshops are combined with exciting outdoor camp experiences such as ropes, biking and more.

Clearly, KPRts is sparking students' imaginations and educational success.

Sydney Stewart, a Grade 12 student spending her second year as camp counsellor, first came to KPRts in Grade 8.  "I was really shy, I was quiet, I was terrified," she says. "It turned out to be an amazing time.  I totally came out of my shell, made a lot of friends, and became the leader I am today.  I came back a totally changed person."


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Her sister had the same experience, she said. "It was definitely life-changing. A lot of kids come here and find out who they really are."

Ask anyone else at the camp and you hear the same superlatives: "fantastic", "special", "wonderful", "confidence-building" and more.


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