Hawkesbury’s École élémentaire Nouvel Horizon is getting ready to welcome more students (and future students) thanks to a grant from the Government of Ontario.

The announcement was made by MPP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, Grant Crack, and Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Francophone Affairs, at a press conference held at Nouvel Horizon on January 31, 2018.

The expansion is due to a provincial investment aimed at creating better, modern learning environments and more licensed child care spaces.

For Nouvel Horizon, the expansion translates to four new classrooms, a community hall and additional daycare space.

The changes will allow the school to welcome more than 90 new students and 15 children in daycare at the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

During the press conference, Linda Savard, President of the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO), stated that “École élémentaire Nouvel Horizon saw a 14% growth in headcount for the 2016-2017 school year.”

Hawkesbury will not be the only community benefiting from this provincial investment. In 2018, Ontario will be investing $784 million in 79 new and renovated schools.