We Are the Positive Change

… WE DAY Fall 2017

What a wonderful experience for the lucky students who attended the recent convention courtesy of Free The Children organization!  Tickets to this incredible event were not monetary, rather a promise to make the world a better place, both locally and globally.

WE DAY

This charity began when Craig Kielburger, a 12 year old boy, read about child labour occurring in a country on the other side of the world.  He discovered that one child who spoke out about the injustice was punished, even though children were forced to work in terrible conditions for long hours everyday.  Those children were not allowed to attend school, have proper meals or play.

Craig and his classmates decided to raise awareness about this injustice, and eventually, the laws in that country were changed for the better.  Now, Craig and his brother Mark, are spreading the message of positive change by engaging young people in their cause.

We were able to listen to many stories and speeches about poverty, education, freedom, health and sustainability.  We were inspired and engaged in them, and they made us think about how to make the world a better place.  There were also inspiring performances by several musicians, and excellent videos and pictures to view on the large screen on stage.  Many of the visuals contained facts and statistics about the issues faced by developing countries, and how young people can create positive changes through leadership.

During the morning, we were invited to do the WE DAY dance, which was energetic, and learned to do an African prayer for rain.  It sounded just like a storm rolling in!  Throughout the event, we were encouraged to create a few local and global campaigns in our school.  This led to the Leadership Enrichment class to choose We Scare Hunger, where 533 food items were donated.  Of course, students are all involved in Holy Childhood Association, which is an ongoing global initiative.

So as you can see, even though only a limited amount of students attended the We Day conference, all of our students and staff are certainly living their message.  Bravo kids!

What We Can Do To Help

… An Eye-Opening Experience For All

by: Meagan M.

The Welcome Home was a life changing experience for me. I found it amazing to see what this non-profit organization does daily. Coming home from that, I will look at my life differently after seeing where some people live, and how hard that must be for the homeless people. This organization does so much for the people, and I got such a warm fuzzy feeling there knowing that I helped someone today.

When we arrived, they split us up into 2 groups, half of the class went and baked muffins for the homeless. Then our group went to bag rice and macaroni into portions that will go into the homeless people’s hampers. I found it astonishing to think about what they do there in such a small building. There are many people that rely on this organization for many things. This organization does amazing things for others like: making hampers to give out weekly, make sandwiches for them, they have a mass weekly, and they also do a family night. They said that every week they get about 40 to 50 people for each of those events. I like to think that they are a non-profit organization doing good in the world, and shaping the lives of those who they have touched. Even though I am not homeless, I was so touched about what Dolores, Liv, and Noel were doing for the people of this community.

Next, the really big thing is what we can do to help. While I was there, even though I did help bag food, I didn’t feel like that was enough. It broke my heart to see Dolores open the cabinets, and see little to nothing in there. I feel like a community like ours would be able to donate food, and even money for places like Welcome Home. To see how those people devoted their lives for others through the word of God made me speechless. I loved the opportunity to go and see what others do for the community. I think that Welcome Home is an amazing place for the homeless and they do great things for the community!