Grade 1 students nudge politics aside at Port Colborne council meeting


Published July 15, 2021 at 5:36 pm


Sometimes, Council meeting aren’t all politics, budget and bylaw creation. 

Port Colborne Mayor Bill Steele shared a very human side as he opened the usual proceedings with his address at July 12 meeting.

After urging all City residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine, noting there would still be restrictions as the City eases into Step 3 of the Province’s Reopening Plan and saying while residents may come to City Hall, Steele said it would be set up as appointment-only visits.

But then came a lighter – and very touching – moment just minutes into his five-minute address as he explained as a year-end project the Grade 1 and 2 teacher at DeWitt Carter Public, Harmony. Cooper, asked her Grade One students to send postcards to Steele drawing what their favourite place was in the City and how it made Port Colborne a better place.

City staff had created a slideshow with the postcards so they popped it on the screen. Being as they’re six-years-old, their answers were predictably fun-oriented.

They ranged from various parks to the beaches but clearly the highlight with the pictures they drew. It was the kind of art every parent would put on their fridge door.

“Just an example of what came out of our Grade 1 DeWitt Carter class,” smiled Steele afterwards, “and we really thank Ms Cooper and all the students in her class for taking the time to write me and share their artwork.”

“And it looked like just in that short sample that HH Knoll (Lakeview Park) was quite the place to be for kids in our community.”

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