2024 Classroom Gardens Photo Contest
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2024 Classroom Gardens Photo Contest

This spring, we once again asked our schools to submit their best Classroom Garden photos for a chance to win one of three $100 shopping sprees for gardening materials. We received over 125 fantastic submissions and here is the shortlist and the winners! Congratulations to our winners! Mylène Goulet – École élémentaire catholique Notre-Dame-des-Champs Élyse-Vézina Martel…

Volunteers In Education Spotlight: Pinki Shah

Volunteers In Education Spotlight: Pinki Shah

As we continue to celebrate National Volunteers Week, it’s a privilege to highlight the inspiring work of Pinki Shah, whose dedication to giving back has profoundly impacted the Ottawa community. Pinki has immersed herself in volunteering with the Ottawa Network for Education’s adult education and JA Ottawa entrepreneurship programs. Join us as we delve into…

A Decade of Nutrition:  Metcalfe Public School’s Breakfast Program Coordinator
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A Decade of Nutrition:  Metcalfe Public School’s Breakfast Program Coordinator

In the heart of Metcalfe Public School lies a School Breakfast Program that provides a warm, nourishing meal each school day, setting the tone for students to learn and thrive. The dedicated individual at its helm for the past ten years is Christine Lee. A Decade of Dedication When the previous coordinator moved to a…

School Breakfast Program Volunteer Spotlight: Matt Boucher, St. Daniel School
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School Breakfast Program Volunteer Spotlight: Matt Boucher, St. Daniel School

It was a warm, sunny spring day in Ottawa when St. Daniel School opened their doors to a couple of ONFE staff members visiting its School Breakfast Program. When we arrive, Matt Boucher, an EA at the school, is working hard cutting watermelon pieces to be delivered to the kindergarten classrooms. He knows it will…

2023 Classroom Garden Photo Contest
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2023 Classroom Garden Photo Contest

This spring, we asked all of our schools to submit their best Classroom Garden photos for a chance to win one of three $100 shopping sprees for gardening materials. We received over 90 fantastic submissions and here is the shortlist and the winners! Congratulations to our winners, Elizabeth Bianchi, École élémentaire catholique Saint-Jean-Paul Élyse Vézina-Martel,…

What is a classroom garden?

What is a classroom garden?

Ottawa Network for Education’s (ONFE) Classroom Gardens program is a unique and innovative initiative that has been making waves in the local education community. With a focus on promoting sustainable food systems and fostering healthy eating habits, the program aims to educate young students about the importance of fresh, locally grown produce and the benefits…

5 ways to make the most of the festive season

5 ways to make the most of the festive season

Wow, 2021 is almost over.  The bad news is time is whizzing by and pulling us involuntarily along with it. The good news is: we have another festive season at hand!  There is so much to love about this time of year—the soothing carols, the enchanting lights, the increase in positivity and warmness, the delectable treats that are permitted seemingly only this time of year… So many things to appreciate.  2021, like the year before it, has been…

Inspire your junior chef and support ONFE at the same time!

Inspire your junior chef and support ONFE at the same time!

Julianna Banana, an Ottawa small business and mom and daughter duo, aims to inspire kids and families to get baking, cooking, and creating in the kitchen all while learning about food, having fun, and gaining an appreciation for the importance of community and giving back. They provide culinary experiences for kids and families, combining the fun of a class with…

ONFE’s Volunteers in Education Spotlight: Therese Coady

ONFE’s Volunteers in Education Spotlight: Therese Coady

ONFE is incredibly fortunate to have a diverse team of compassionate, caring volunteers who bring a range of backgrounds and skills to their respective roles supporting students and teachers within the OCDSB. We would like to introduce you to a volunteer who is passionate about helping enhance the literacy and language skills of the students she…

Pitch It To Win It! JA Ottawa’s Pitch Competition

Pitch It To Win It! JA Ottawa’s Pitch Competition

Watch JA Ottawa make history, with our first-ever pitch competition!  We invite you to attend JA Ottawa’s pitch competition, Pitch It to Win It! on Saturday May 1st, 2021, 12:00-2:45PM EDT.  JA Ottawa students will pitch their companies to a panel of judges, competing to see who has the best pitch! Learn about all the companies that will be presenting here….