Wheels in Motion

Posted: June 8, 2011

A group of Miramichi Valley High School English students have successfully completed a project of making persuasive presentations to decision makers resulting in a significant improvement in access to one of Miramichi West’s most frequently used public entrances …. the doorways leading to the gymnasium and pool area of MVHS. Students of English teacher Krista Cabel produced a video featuring community volunteer basketball coach Barry Amos, who is confined to a wheelchair following an accident several years ago. In the video Mr. Amos explained and demonstrated the difficulties and frustration that disabled people experience when they want to participate in community recreation programs at the MVHS facility. In addition to the video the group prepared and made formal presentations to city and school officials. The efforts of the students has resulted in a joint agreement between School District 16 and the City of Miramichi that will significantly improve access for the disabled. CTV Atlantic’s “Live at Five” program recently featured the project as part of a segment on the outstanding contributions being made by today’s young people.  This student initiative is an example of the kinds of authentic projects and learning experiences that are being encouraged through District 16’s approach to 21st century learning. To view the video visit http://mvhs.nbed.nb.ca/teacher/video/wheels-motion .