On Thursday, November 30, 2017, about 400 Strait Regional School Board Grades 6 to 12 students, staff and chaperones will join thousands of others at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax for an exciting, International and educational event, WE Day Atlantic. For anyone at home interested in watching the excitement, the event will be live via webcast from the WE Day website at weday.com.
Founded by brothers Marc and Craig Kielburger, WE Day is an initiative of Free the Children. It is a movement which empowers young global citizens through the WE Day event, and promotes youth to take action right here at home in order to create positive change in the world. The initiative enables schools to implement programs that empower youth to make the world a better place locally and globally, and inspires them to take part in socially conscious acts that foster positive change. You cannot purchase a ticket to WE Day, students earn it through service. As such, each of our schools has committed to WE Act, a year-long educational initiative during which students are undertaking at least one local and one global goal that helps to promote positive change.
At WE Day Atlantic Canada, students will hear stories, and see performances from:
- Brett Kissel – Award-winning country music artist
- Kerry Kennedy – President, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
- Alexandre Trudeau – Filmmaker, journalist and author
- Matthew Santoro – YouTube star
- Tyler Shaw – Platinum selling recording artist and actor
- Liz Trinnear – ETalk reporter and Much Host
- Tyrone Edwards –Host, E!/Much
- Celebrity Marauders – International DJ collective including Kardinal Offishall, Cipha Sounds, DJ Starting From Scratch and Dready
- Tyler Simmonds – Art and film director, mental health and social activist
- Craig Kielburger – International activist and co-founder of WE
- Carol Todd – Parent, educator and mental health and online safety advocate
- Roger Howard – Regional President, Atlantic Provinces, RBC
- Spencer West – ME to WE motivational speaker, WE ambassador and author
- Val Weisler – Founder and CEO, The Validation Project
- Hannah Alper – Blogger, ME to WE motivational speaker and WE Ambassador
- Tai Young – 13-year old speaker, aspiring actor and Broadway hopeful
- Samra Zafar – Speaker, Human Rights Activist, Social Entrepreneur, Governor of University of Toronto and recipient of RBC WE Global Citizen Award 2017
- Sarah Wells – RBC Olympian
- Aqsa Hussain – Activist and spoken word poet
- Caleb Burt – Community youth leader, activist and magician
- Shelley Petit – WE schools educator
- Rachel Brouwer – Advocate for clean drinking water
- Ayjay Colley
- Taylor Wood
- Nina Davey and Georgia Murray
Already, WE Day has engaged millions of young people all around the world who have made an impact on the lives of many people. You can learn more about WE Day at www.weday.com.
As the WE Day website states WE Day is part of a family of organizations, including Free The Children and ME to WE, that has a shared goal: to empower a generation to shift the world from ‘me’ to ‘we’—through how we act, how we give, the choices we make on what to buy and what to wear, the media we consume and the experiences with which we choose to engage.
Some of the ways students in the Strait Region are making a meaningful difference in their home communities and around the world are outlined below. Please note that as more information is received, we will add to the following list of initiatives.
East Richmond Education Centre
East Richmond Education Centre students, staff and school community are involved in local and global projects throughout the school year. Funds from the monthly school spirit and weekly casual days are donated to local charities such as Dorothy's Cat Sanctuary, the IWK, the Children's Wish Foundation, the Diabetes Association of Nova Scotia, the Autism Society of Nova Scotia, and the Terry Fox Foundation, to name a few. As part of the Social Studies unit, the Junior High students come up with products to sell and donate all of the funds raised to local charities.
On an annual basis, students take part in the WE Scare Hunger food drive campaign with all food items donated to the Food 4 Children Society that fills backpacks of food for students in several schools in the Strait Region. The students are involved on a regular basis in a service learning project with the Richmond Villa during which they visit and read with the residents, and perform for them. East Richmond Education Centre have also sponsored children from several countries for over the past 15 years.
H.M. MacDonald Elementary School
Under the leadership of the Grade 5-6 class, H.M. MacDonald Elementary School recently participated in the We Scare Hunger Campaign during which they collected 460 pounds of food for the Antigonish Food Bank. The Grade 5-6 class created a short google slide presentation for the younger students and in small groups presented to each class. The school raised awareness for this local cause with students and families generously donating food and collecting donations as part of their Halloween activities. Grade 6 students are also very excited to attend WE Day Atlantic 2017 and are beginning plans to raise money for a global cause.
Tamarac Education Centre
The Tamarac Education Centre WE Day team is comprised 24 students who will be making a difference right here at home and at the global level through a variety of initiatives.
The focus of their local action plan revolves around acceptance, hunger and mental health. The students are promoting these local causes by preparing presentations, organizing coin drives, talent shows and taking part in Pink Shirt Day. Students will also be taking part in “Take a vow for silence “Day. Through the WE Scare Hunger campaign, they will supporting the local food bank. In addition, profits from small fundraisers, will go towards supporting Leeside Transition House and Christmas Daddies.
Globally, students are passionate about supporting Child/Youth Rights. Through sports tournaments, talent shows, dances and “Take a vow for silence”, students at Tamarac Education Centre will raise awareness for Child/Youth Rights. This small group of students have demonstrated in a short period of time that although small in numbers, they have large plans and an incredible desire and drive to make a difference not only in their school, but in their community and around the world.