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Monarch Lions Club shares Canadian pride

Grade 1 Valley View students wave their flags. - Submitted
Grade 1 Valley View students wave their flags.
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The Comox Valley Monarch Lions Club members presented flags and certificates to Grade 1 students at Valley View Elementary School on Monday. The Monarch Lions try to visit all the Comox Valley elementary schools to instil a little Canada Pride. "It helps build patriotism in Comox Valley young Canadians," , says Lion Lloyd Kuhn. "Unfortunately we will be missing some elementary schools this year because of the labour dispute but we are still pleased to continue with Project Pride." The Monarch Lions Club's Project Pride visits nine different Comox Valley elementary schools teaching Grade 1 students a little bit about Canada and its history. During the presentation, the students are asked questions like how many provinces are in the country and where the capital is, but the entire affair is designed to be fun for the kids. 
At the end of the presentation, each child receives a personalized certificate and a hand-held flag, and then the whole group sings 'O Canada.' Lions from British Columbia to Newfoundland are distributing over 40,000 flags this year to Grade 1 students. The Comox Valley Monarch Lions Club is a service club organization whose members are all volunteers.

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