Sunday, April 1, 2012

Polar Bear Plunge a Success

The Third Annual Polar Bear Plunge took place yesterday at Prince Arthur's Landing. Lots of people came out to watch brave participants jump or run into the freezing cold waters. The event, hosted by the Law Enforcement Torch Run, raised funds for Ontario Special Olympics. Event organizer and corrections officer, Warren Giertuga, was the first one in the water. Army, navy, firefighters, police, and corrections workers all helped out with the event, making sure that participants were able to get dry and warm as fast as possible out of the water. Giertuga is happy with the turnout and already looks forward to next year's event.

Westgate tops local high schools

Westgate High School is on top in the latest Fraser Institute's local high school rankings. The organization says that Westgate is on the list of the 20 fastest improving high schools in the province. The Institutes report card uses information from the annual province wide math and literacy tests by the Ontario government's Education Quality and Accountability Office. It shows that Westgate made gains over the last five years in the area of academic math. Provincially the survey shows the school ranks 144 out of 718 schools. The local results can be found here.