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Jamie Schmale Visits the School


When the Gr. ⅘ students at Alexandra Public School were told that the M.P. for their riding, Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, was coming to their classroom, they were thrilled! “I think it is a great opportunity for students to learn about government, and the way it works,” said Gr. 5 student Grace. Well, we agree!

Jamie Schmale entered the classroom at 2:00 and was greeted by many happy faces, all very excited to be meeting Mr. Schmale. “We are such a lucky class to have a member of parliament find the time to come and see us,” Grace spills. “It’s just so amazing!”

Jamie told us about his job… before and after becoming an M.P. “I was a journalist before I was elected, but I knew I always wanted this job. I represent you to the best of my ability.” He was also questioned about how he felt about his job. “It’s a 24/7 job, but I love it. This is my ideal work area.” Jamie, we are so glad to hear that!

Another interesting group of questions were those about coins and bills. When asked about pennies, Jamie replied, “I think pennies are history. So if you have any, hold onto them.” A student asked about why pennies are no longer being made. “Well, it was just too expensive. But you can still use them, though.” Mr. Schmale was also asked about the making of a new coin; the moonie. “I’m going to come back to you on that one, I’m not sure yet.”

Refugees were also talked about a lot. A student worried at the thought of a possible World War lll was reassured to hear, “ I don’t think so, our group of countries will keep this under control.”

We could go on and on about the wonderful time Mrs. Stone’s class had with Mr. Schmale, but we won’t keep you here too long. Bye for now!
~Nathan and Abigail, APS News Crew Extracurricular Reporters