February 27, 2017
February 2017 marks the 10th year anniversary of the Emily Longworth New Teachers’ Creative Activities Fund, established in honour of Emily Longworth (BEd Elementary, 2006) who died in a hotel fire in Punta Arenas, Chile on February 3, 2007, along with her friend Lauren Kipic and 8 others.
In Emily’s honour, a fund was established to support teacher candidates to create curriculum enrichment and/or extra-curricular activities for their students that promote multicultural understanding, a healthy lifestyle, environmental awareness and inspire students to achieve their full potential in life.
These were goals embedded in Emily’s own creative curricular and extra-curricular endeavours as a teacher-in-training, for which she often used her own funds due to shortages in school budgets and poverty among her students.
Since 2007, about 2000 elementary students have participated in funded projects. When the 2016/17 projects are completed this number will exceed 3000.