Every two years, Grade 7 and 8 students and parents from Linwood Public School come together and participate in an evening of learning.

The program, ‘Girls’ and Guys’ Night Out,’ has been something that the Linwood PS School Council sees great value in and has been organizing this evening for a number of years.

Intermediate students stay after school to hear different speakers talk about topics that will help prepare them as they head off to high school.

Guests were treated to an informative evening which started off with Cst. Paul Rabidoux from the Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS). His talk focused on being “drug aware.” It was an opportunity for parents and students to engage in a lively discussion as well as share information that will serve our students well throughout their lives. The next part of the evening switched to a self-defence component lead by Rick Hesch and his instructors. Mr. Hesch got everyone involved by demonstrating ways to help oneself in situations where you need to act fast and smart. The night ended with Mrs. Sharon Lee Wideman who spoke on behalf of MADD Waterloo Region. Her story, along with the importance of making positive and smart choices, was one that was not only heartfelt but also eye opening.

Students and parents left the evening with information that will help guide them in open discussions, and help students navigate through secondary education and the choices they might face along the way.

A special thank you to Mrs. Juergensen, Mrs. Edwards and Mrs. Sherk for organizing and running this year’s program, and to all the presenters who gave their time and expertise to be with the Linwood PS students parents; your time and the information you shared was greatly appreciated.

Here’s to wishing all the Linwood PS graduating Grade 8’s an exciting and memorable high school experience!