Mike Dean and Nicole Downey have a unique classroom at Keewatin Public School. For one thing, it's got a tipi in it.

That's because they're working with students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Despite the challenges, Nicole Downey says it's rewarding.

"It's a fantastic program for children that have FASD, and we hope it continues throughout many years. It's been a great learning experience for everyone," she said.

The classroom was set up after consultations with medical experts, as well as research on similar classes in Manitoba. Trustees are hoping to expand their lessons learned, so that students from the special classroom will be able to transition into regular classes, when they get older.

Mike Dean talks about the progress he's seen over the last year in one of his students.

"After one year in the Transitions North program, she now knows all 26 uppercase letters, most of her lowercase letters and she can count to 20. She's 5-years-old," he said.

Trustees were impressed with the results. However, they also had questions about how to apply the lessons learned to a larger percentage of students.

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