Teachers take to the catwalk
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Nov 28, 2012  |  Vote 0    0

Teachers take to the catwalk

Ottawa East News

Teachers walked the catwalk on Thursday, Nov. 22, to raise funds to bring Smart Board technology to the classrooms of a private school in Beaverbrook.

Kanata Academy held its second-annual fundraising fashion show at the school in partnership with Marianne Style, a clothing store based in Smiths Falls.

Last year the school raised $1,400 towards a Smart Board purchase, said principal Shannon Rattray.

“I’m hoping for something close to that,” she said of this year’s fundraiser.

All the teachers at the school, which teaches students from preschool to Grade 8, are trained in the technology, said Rattray. The boards allow teachers to display material in an interactive format.

“They’re all pretty anxious (to get one),” she said. “Having updated technology, interactive technology; it’s more of a hands-on tool.

“A lot of kids learn more by doing.”

Teachers modeled outfits by Canadian designer Frank Lyman, from the Smiths Falls shop, which specializes in contemporary, high-fashion.

“My whole staff is here making all this happen,” said Rattray.

John Wakim, owner of Marianne Style, said it’s a great partnership to help the school purchase a Smart Board.

“I thought it would be a neat thing,” he said, of the fashion show concept. “The models are the teachers, and the parents come out and it’s a fun evening.”

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