The Ventura Park Public School Grade 1 student was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was only 18 months old and has never been able to walk independently. The surgery is set for Aug. 11 in St. Louis, Mo.
Macgowan and his parents began a fundraising effort with the Foundation Fighting Blindness last year. Initially he was hoping to raise around 5,000 dollars, but as friends and family spread word of his cause, donations began to skyrocket. Today, Macgowan and his family have raised nearly 50,000 dollars.
Markham artist and high school art teacher James Ruddle has created his first piece of public art work — a 6,000-square-foot, Group of Seven–inspired mural — on the rusty CN Rail Bridge at Henderson Avenue and Glen Cameron Road in Thornhill.
For Jill Coleman, being a teacher is about so much more. Coleman has spent her entire career, all 34 years, at Leaside High School. The 60-year-old arts teacher has dedicated countless hours behind the scenes of musicals and productions put on by her after-school drama club, encouraging student directors and actors to lead.