Real 8 is a unique Northern Lights Public Schools program that was originally funded by the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement. After the initiative ended, H. E. Bourgoin's Grade 8 teachers felt that their students would still benefit from the real life experiences that were an integral part of the program. Therefore, lesson activities have continued to be implemented and have been a foundation used to build positive relationships with both their classmates and teachers at the start of the year. The REAL 8 program empowers students in deconstructing their learning, knowledge and experiences through follow up activities in the classroom. REAL 8 activities are directly tied to learning outcomes found in the grade 8 curriculum.