Grade 9 student Denzel Ndlovu and his family were forced to leave their home because of the Fort McMurray forest fires and evacuations in early May 2016. Denzel has settled in at Woodhaven Middle School for the balance of this school year and happens to be excelling at track & field. He’s even got a shot at some records at some upcoming meets!
At Parkland School Division, WE BELIEVE that confident, adaptable and resilient students are successful students. Even though the Ndlovu family does not live here full time, we’re happy they chose PSD in this time of transition and waiting. As you can see in the video, Denzel is fitting right in. Denzel is just one of approximately 135 students from Fort McMurray who are scattered across Parkland School Division at various schools.
This story is also a great example of another value important in Parkland School Division. WE VALUE citizenship and recognize our central role in guiding students to understand their responsibilities and their place in the world. All students and staff at Woodhaven Middle School and all the other schools who welcomed families from Fort McMurray have done this admirably. Thanks to all involved for making a difficult time turn into a positive experience.
Watch for Denzel’s full story on Global Edmonton coming soon. We’ll be sure to share on our social media channels.