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Aleda Patterson School in Afton will accommodate students in Kindergarten to Grade 3.
The new school in Afton will be named after Aleda Patterson. She was a former teacher in the Divsion. She was instrumental in establishing the Personal Development Centre, now known as The Support Network. She was also the founder of the Edmonton ABC Head Start program. The idea for ABC Head Start came to Patterson when she was living in Colorado. Patterson noticed the local ABC Head Start van in her neighbourhood and contacted the program to find out more. She took a training session and brought the concept to Edmonton in 1984. Patterson recruited her teacher and social worker friends to help get the program started. This program was initially funded by Patterson and her friends. Since 1984, ABC Head Start Society has grown from a single location serving 10 children and families to a comprehensive early learning, family support and community program, supporting over 430 families at different locations throughout Edmonton.
Patterson also founded the Scarecrow Festival, which raised over $1 million in 10 years for both ABC Head Start and Kids with Cancer. The Board of Trustees approved this school name, along with the names of two more new schools, at a public board meeting on May 14, 2019. Read her full biography or watch the Aleda Patterson video to learn more about her contributions and achievements.