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Walpole school a national first

WALPOLE ISLAND – If the efforts of a model school program pay off, Walpole Island Elementary School will be the launching pad for future engineers, scientists and astronauts.

Former Prime Minister Paul Martin was at Walpole Island on Thursday morning to announce that Walpole Island will become a flagship school for numeracy among First Nation schools across Canada. It is hoped that the numeracy program will eventually spread across Canada.

The funding for the five-year project will come from the Martin Aboriginal Educational Initiative, a charitable organization.

Martin is familiar with Walpole Island. During the announcement held at the school’s gymnasium, he recalled how he used to come up to Walpole Island in the summer with his dad, former Liberal cabinet minister Paul Martin Sr. The pair would meet with Walpole Island band council and then go on fishing excursions. Read More.