Powell River Board of Education
Learners Preparing for the Challenges of Tomorrow
StrongStart Outreach

​Also sending a reminder that Early Learning programs will be closed Friday February 15, 2019 due to a scheduled PRO-D day. 

StrongStart Outreach - ORCA Bus

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      Bethany Browne                                                          Sherry Pagani                                                                   StrongStart Facilitator                                               StrongStart Facilitator

School District #47 StrongStart Outreach provides exciting play-based early learning programming on the ORCA Bus from September through June. 

ORCA stands for “On the Road with Children’s Activities” – a mobile preschool activity bus designed to bring engaging preschool activities and resources to remote areas of the community. The bus is an initiative of the Powell River and District United Way (Success by 6) in partnership with School District #47.  The ORCA Bus started making stops in rural areas around Powell River in February 2009. School District #47 has been involved in planning the innovative project since 2005. 

All children participating in the StrongStart programs are registered with the Ministry of Education.  Please bring official identification to complete the registration process.  School District Early Learning programs run throughout the school year following the elementary school calendar.  This means school district programs will not be running on statutory holidays, two weeks at Christmas and at Spring Break, as well as all elementary school district professional development days. 

The ORCA Bus schedule can be found below and also on the Success by 6 website. 

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January 2019 Outreach Schedule


February 2019 Outreach Schedule

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