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City Forester visits Kindergarten!

While studying trees as part of their science curriculum, one Kindergarten class was excited to host Martha Barwinsky ’83, City Forester with the City of Winnipeg.  Martha has been involved in arboriculture and urban forestry for over 20 years.
During her presentation, Martha showed many samples of bark, branches and seeds that help make up a large part of Winnipeg’s tree population. By passing around samples of different trees, students were able to engage with different species in such an informative way, right from their classroom. Being located on the river, SJR is home to an abundance of different tree species that spread across the campus. With Martha’s engaging presentation and knowledge, students got a glimpse into the world of trees and were able to develop a better understanding of how trees impact our lives.
Not only was it great for students to meet a certified arborist and tree specialist, but to meet an SJR Alumni who has made such an impact in our city and our urban forest. It was really a wonderful opportunity.   
St. John’s-Ravenscourt School was founded in 1820 principally to serve the children of the Selkirk settlers. By 1834 there were forty students, evenly split between boys and girls. SJR has inevitably grown and changed over the years since, though its success throughout has been unimpeachable. We have graduated 18 Rhodes scholars, for example, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II granted patronage and established a scholarship in her name in 1981. Today the programs are as strong as our reputation. A strong academic program is paired with an equally strong attention to the values of stewardship, ethical leadership, and excellence in all areas of academic, social and athletic life.