News Elliot Lake students sharing with Russia SHARE ON: Rosalind Russell, staff Tuesday, Jan. 14th, 2020 Elementary students in Elliot Lake are sharing their community with counterparts in Russia. Spokesperson for École catholique Georges Vanier School, Paul de la Riva says Grade five and six students are looking beyond their community as they have received mail from friends in Russia. Photo supplied by Paul de la Riva. Sitting down and writing a letter may not be so much of a common practice these days, but for some Elliot Lake students, it’s a novel way to find out about the rest of the world. A spokesperson for École catholique Georges Vanier School, Paul de la Riva says students in Grade five and six are now pen-pals with counterparts in Russia. He says the students are very excited getting their first responses and the pen pal program will continue as part of the curriculum, not only helping them discover a new part of the world but also to promote writing.