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Students Get More Time to Suggest February Holiday Names

Nova Scotia students will have an extra week to submit their suggestions for the new February holiday name.

The deadline for submissions is being extended until Friday, April 4.

The naming campaign invites Primary to Grade 12 classes across the province to submit two things:
— a general, permanent name for the holiday that instills pride in being Nova Scotian
— a suggestion that recognizes a significant cultural and/or historic contribution to Nova Scotia.

“Students and teachers enjoyed a couple of snow days this week, but they lost that time to discuss and submit their ideas for the holiday’s name and contributions to recognize,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. “This naming campaign has certainly generated a lot of talk over the past few weeks, and we want to be sure students and teachers have a little extra time to get their ideas in.”

Each year, the February holiday will celebrate a different contribution. The 2015 holiday will recognize Viola Desmond. The holiday’s permanent name, and the next 12 contributions to be celebrated, will be announced by the end of the school year.

Each class can submit one entry per category at www.novascotia.ca/februaryholiday , until April 4.

The holiday will be celebrated on the third Monday in February, beginning in 2015, giving Nova Scotians six statutory holidays per year.

More information on the February holiday naming campaign can be found at www.novascotia.ca/februaryholiday .

Source: Release

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