Cartwright Community Independent School (CCIS)
In 1991, the school board of the time planned to cut Grades 10, 11, and 12 from Cartwright School. Our residents were not willing to allow this to happen, boycotting the division, with retired teachers and community members educating K-12 in various community buildings for the remainder of the school year and so began the fight to ‘Save Our School’. After many community consultations and alternative options failed, they decided to form a private school in order to offer complete grades education in our community.
The parents in Cartwright were not interested in having their children ride buses for hours each day to attend school in communities 20 or 30 miles away, excluding them from sports and jobs that take place after school. They were also keenly aware that the school is the heart of any community, and that it is not only important to our children but to our local economy and growth. Since 1991 the community has raised approximately 1.5 million dollars to fund the private school. CCIS is funded largely through donations from parents, community members, former students and their families, and the community does a significant amount of fundraising each year.
In recent years CCIS has run a variety of fundraisers including Mall in the Hall, Harvest BBQs, catering for private functions as well as many community meals, Ponderosa Days events including Culture Fest and the Steak Supper. We also host a service auction once every three years. The auction can raise up to $40,000 in one evening and has become a signature event for CCIS.
Although technically Grade 12 is the only grade currently being run by CCIS, all grades are benefiting from the private school’s funding. CCIS employs teachers who work with all of the children in the school from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Currently CCIS employs the equivalent of 1.3 full time teachers.
CCIS is governed by a volunteer board of directors made up of 8 community members. The board meets monthly, on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at the school. Annual meetings take place in November, with Semi-Annual meetings in June, and all meetings are open to the public. In 2016 CCIS will celebrate with its 25th graduating class. Recent surveys show that the community is still proud to be working together to ensure a complete grades education is offered to the students of Cartwright & area, 25 years later.
Donations can be sent to: CCIS, c/o Maggie Hayward, Box 115, Cartwright, MB, R0K 0L0
Your support is greatly appreciated! Tax-deductible receipts will be issued.
5' x 8' cargo trailer, $50 per day, all proceeds go to CCIS
Contact Shayne 529-2316, or Bill 529-2419