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Students at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School explore their surroundings and the resources available in Thunder Bay as they settle into their new home.

Dennis Franklin Comerty focuses on students from remote First Nation communities who travel to Thunder Bay to attend high school. During September, it hosts events that help with their transition to a metropolitan area.

For some students, this experience is completely foreign to them. Many come from small communities where they are riding the bus, ordering pizza and living in a big city for the first time.

Teachers and students take a well-deserved break to eat pizza. (Sarah Kei/CBC)

DFC students gather at Marina Park for their lunch break during their city’s Amazing Race.

Individuals were divided into groups with teacher supervision and given a list of locations such as Lakehead University, Confederation College, City Hall, NAN, Yes Employment, Superior North EMS and Marina Park.

Matthew Tilbury, transition coordinator at DFC, instructs students to dig into their pizza. (Sarah K/CBC)

As a group, students are required to navigate using the bus system to the locations each has set up where they can meet people in the community and do a challenge or sport.

Eat Local Pizza sponsored students lunch. (Sarah K/CBC)

The students especially loved their sponsored meal from Eat Local Pizza as they took a break.

After talking with some of the students, he said that he really enjoyed the challenges and games at the places where he stayed. Fort Severn’s Debra Thomas said she appreciated the stay on Yes employment,

“He offered a job that would be helpful in the future.” Thomas said.

After a busy few weeks, students will settle into the school year.

After running around town, the students kick their feet in Marina Park. (Sarah Kei/CBC)