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Students taking part in regional Heritage Fairs across N.L.

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Students in Newfoundland and Labrador will be showcasing their research of a history topic of importance to them at six regional Heritage Fairs scheduled across the province in the coming weeks.

This year’s theme is “Keeping our Stories Alive - Celebrating 20 Years of Heritage Fairs in NL.”

The fairs are open students from grades 4 to 12.

The first fair was held yesterday at the Northern Cross Church in Goose Bay, Labrador.

Additional fairs and their public viewing times are as follows:

- Burin: April 12, 1-2 p.m. at St. Gabriel’s Hall, Marystown

- Central: April 28, 1-2 p.m. at the School Board Regional Office, Gander

- Western: May 6, 1:30-4 p.m. at Corner Brook Intermediate

- Avalon: May 6, 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Waterford Valley High, St. John’s

- Vista: May 17, 1:30-4 p.m. at Rising Tide Theatre Building, Trinity

Heritage Fairs are held annually in every province and territory in Canada.

The Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (HSA) adopted the program in this province in 1997. With the help of the Department of Education and the province’s school boards, over 121,000 students have completed and presented projects.

Heritage Fairs take place in schools across the province and selected students and their projects advance to regional fairs.

Two notable awards presented at the regional level are Young Citizens and the Ambassador Award.

The Young Citizens Program will see fourteen students from across the province chosen to create short videos on their Heritage Fair topic.

The videos will be voted on publically and assessed by a panel of judges with two students winning a trip to Ottawa to attend Canada’s History National Youth Forum.

The Ambassador Award Program will recognize excellence in student projects commemorating the First World War, sending nineteen winning Heritage Fair students from across the province on a European tour retracing the steps of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in France and Belgium. 

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