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Final week for YVR's School Program

Hi everyone - Annalisa here!

As the YVR School Program comes to an end this week, I want to say a huge thanks to all 43 participating schools and the 1700+ students who came and visited us here at the Vancouver International Airport.

It is hard to believe that less than three months ago I was scrambling to memorize all of the information that I would need to know for our tours and now, I will never forget YVR’s theme of art and architecture: Land, Sea, and Sky or any of the other interesting facts I have learned over the last ten weeks.

Along with giving Grade 5 students an inside look at the workings of Canada's second busiest airport, I had the opportunity to explore with them some of the famous art pieces, YVR's Public Observation Area and show them some of the initiatives that make YVR more environmentally friendly.

Another thank you needs to go out to all of the special guests who took time out of their busy schedules to visit us in our classroom and share their “insider” knowledge with our students. Our special guests this year included the Airfield Emergency Services Team; Jaeger Mah, the Live@YVR Storyteller who put our students through their paces (watch the video here); the airport chaplain; and immigration and environmental experts.

The exciting news is that Vancouver Airport Authority will run this program again in Fall 2012 for Grade 5 students. Planning and registration commences in June, with email invitations going out to all Metro Vancouver school principals. To ensure your school is included, email and check for updates.

For myself and my tour guide colleagues, Marcus and Wyanne, we are heading back to SFU to continue our communications studies having gained a great work experience. I know we will be back soon to watch the daily excitement at YVR - I hope you are too!


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