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Perth and District Collegiate Institute theatre to receive over $100,000 worth of upgrades over summer

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Students at Perth and District Collegiate Institute will return to school in September to find their theatre significantly upgraded.

The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) recently allocated more than $100,000 to be invested in the theatre. The project will go to tender shortly, and will include upgrading of lighting and sound systems, among other items. The intention is for work to begin over the summer and be complete when students return to school in September 2024.

Ward 2 Trustee Carole Dufort noted the importance of students having opportunities to express themselves through art.

“The school has a wonderful theatre that is used by more than just the students at this school, but our local elementary schools and community too. I’m very pleased the theatre will get these upgrades and continue to be the valued resource it has become,” she said in a media release.

“As we continue to focus on the fundamentals of reading, writing and math, we can’t forget that all these components are part of what happens on stages like the one at PDCI. Reading lines, building sets, writing skits to perform – those are all real-world applications of literacy and math skills,” added UCDSB Director of Education Ron Ferguson.

Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston MPP John Jordan was recently at PDCI for “Take your MPP to School Week,” and had the opportunity to experience the school’s theatre.

“It was a pleasure to be back in the PDCI theatre to watch a drama class in action, utilizing their communication and problem-solving skills, while keeping engaged with their peers,” Jordan said. “The theatre also serves as a community hub for the Town of Perth, bringing in top quality entertainment, while giving the town an economic boost.”

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