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Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops offer space to students affected by Parkcrest Elementary school fire

Kamloops residents look at the aftermath of the fire that left a Brocklehurst school extensively damaged on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.
September 12, 2019 - 5:00 PM

KAMLOOPS - After the Kamloops-Thompson School District received several concerns from parents regarding the relocation of the Twin Rivers Education Centre program moving to a Kamloops high school, the district decided to find another location for students in the Bridges program.

Starting Monday, Sept. 16, staff from the Bridges Program will host an open house for parents and guardians at the John Tod Centre at the Boys and Girls Club, according to a news release issued by the school district.

Regular classes will begin for students on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 8:30 a.m. at the centre located at 150 Wood St.

Superintendent Alison Sidow says the district worked with the City of Kamloops and the Boys and Girls Club in order to make the arrangement happen.

Students in the Twin Rivers Education Centre program are being relocated from George Hilliard Elementary after more than 350 students were displaced after a fire destroyed Parkcrest Elementary School on Sept. 5.

“We are very happy to welcome the school district’s Bridges program and the students to the Club,” Traci Anderson, executive director, Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops says in the release. “Our space is a welcoming, youth-centered place where kids can feel a sense of belonging. After all, these students are our community’s youth and we want them to feel safe and supported. It was an easy decision for us to share our space. In fact, before the call came we were already reaching out to TREC staff to offer our support in any way we could. This is a win-win.”

School district staff are also exploring the potential of relocating students within the Twin Rivers Education Centre program to the Happyvale Elementary school building in the next few months.

Students in the Four Directions Program have been relocated to the Xchange Lab inside the United Way building on Tranquille Road on an interim basis.

“Ultimately the intention is that once Parkcrest Elementary is built, Twin Rivers Education Centre will return to 985 Holt St.,” Sidow says.

For past stories on the Parkcrest Elementary school fire go here. 

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