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The DFC Experience gets Northern students ready for life in Thunder Bay

The DFC Experience is providing Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School students with some fun.

THUNDER BAY – Dennis Franklin Cromarty High school students participated in a variety of workshops delivered Friday as part of an event called The DFC Experience.

“Typically, we would invite students from the Grade 8 classes in the Norther Communities, but unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we’re just hosting it for our current DFC students, but we wanted to go ahead with it as a nice way to welcome them back after a year of remote learning,” said Matthew Tilbury, DFC transition coordinator.

“So we have a number of different workshops going on, some done by our staff here, and some done by external partners such as BMO, we have Tanya Talega here, we have Wali Shah, we have Hayden Johnson, a chef, so a number of different workshops for the kids to take part in.”

Topics of the various workshops include:

  • Physical Education
  • Art
  • Gardening
  • Slam Poetry with poet/speaker Wali Shah
  • Journalism with Tany Talega
  • Food workshop with Hayden Johnson
  • Numeracy with BMO

“I’m just generally having a fun time today, getting to spend time with my peers, and to have them come here and to take time out of their day to come spend time with students is actually pretty awesome,” said Saffron Fiddler, a student of Dennis Franklin Cromarty.

“What it means is that they’re getting them warmed up to the place much more, from a month of, like, being more isolated, they’re getting used to the place, and I think this is how I think it’s working out more for them.”

 Students from DFC who participated Friday as well as in the Amazing Race that happened Thursday, also receive VIP tickets to the Wake the Giant Music Festival set to happen Saturday.

“It’s going to be so much fun because I do like really big events like that, I love checking out the new foods and all that, and how wake the giant is going to be, to get to see the performers too.” Fiddler said.



Justin Hardy

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