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RRDSB partners with author to promote writing skills

Students at the Rainy River District School Board (RRDSB) will be getting a rather unique learning experience this year.

Following a visit from author Sigmund Brouwer during the last school year, the board announced at its last monthly meeting that Brouwer would serve as the writer-in-residence for the school board for the 2019-2020 school year.

Fancy dress

Nancy Daley-Fulton and Wally Fulton, seen here perusing auction items, took full advantage of the gala's Prohibition theme to dress to the part, sporting a dress and suit respectively that would make the most dapper of bootlegger or flapper envious.

Top hat number

The top hats came out to play as students in the musical revue “What's the Difference?" performed an energetic mash-up of The Beatles' "When I'm 64" and the song "One" from the musical "A Chorus Line” on Friday night. The songs performed for the show all had a number somewhere in the title or lyrics and spanned a wide range of genres and decades.

Brouwer visit

Author Sigmund Brouwer worked through an exercise with Mrs. Moxham's Grade 5 class at Robert Moore School last Wednesday. Brouwer is serving as the writer-in-residence for the Rainy River District School Board this year, bringing some of the techniques from his Story Ninja program to students to help promote writing and reading skills.

Gala speeches

Friends of the Museum president Robert Schulz took a moment as the annual fundraising gala got underway to thank those in attendance for supporting the museum, while museum curator Sherry George, in the background, awaited her turn to speak.

Gala auctioneer

Kim Cornell flexed his auctioneering muscles during the Friends of the Museum's annual fundraising gala on Thursday night. A number of items were donated to the gala to be auction prizes, including a handmade wooden bar from Eric and Caren Fagerdahl.

Legion tea

Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 president Ann Watson, left, Helen Pohanka and Lindsay Haglund welcomed visitors to the Br. #29 Legion Ladies' Auxiliary's Remembrance Day tea here on Sunday. While a frigid wind whipped outside, the Legion building itself was full of friends, hot beverages and tasty baking during the annual event.

Busy gala

It was standing room only at the Fort Frances Museum during the annual Friends of the Museum gala on Thursday night. This year's gala, themed around prohibition, offered those in attendance the chance to enjoy music, drinks and appetizers, as well as to take part in a live auction and a few fun activities.

Musical revue

Fort Frances High School students ran through the final rehearsal of the musical revue last night at the Townshend Theatre in advance of its opening night tonight. “What's the Difference?” features a bevy of songs about, or featuring, numbers and stretches across decades and genres of music, ensuring there's a little bit of something for everyone.