Schools in Action
Steinbach Junior High School
Students who had attended MCIC’s Generating Momentum decided to set up an action group called Children Acquiring Knowledge and Education (CAKE) to educate the school and local community about children around the globe who are living without basic human rights, such as child labour, child soldiers, no education or severe poverty. Along with educating, CAKE is fundraising in order to contribute to Free the Children’s “Adopt a Village” in Sierra Leone. One of the major fundraising events CAKE organized was a one-day carnival last June. They rented a dunk tank and had teachers in it all day. In order for classes to be able to dunk the teacher, they needed to have at least $20 to spend on the dunk tank for that period. Then for the last two hours of the day, all the 670 students in the school were outside playing a variety of carnival style games: dunking teachers and principals, lucky duck, hockey shot, pie in the face and a variety of others.
Centennial School organized a blanket drive for the homeless in Winnipeg. Some grade five and six students spent a month in their community collecting blankets and then travelled in a school bus to Winnipeg to donate them to the Silaom Mission. The initial goal was to collect 50 blankets, but the drive proved so successful that 287 blankets were finally handed over. Naomi explained that there was a strong focus on the educational component of the initiative, and students were made aware of the social problem of homelessness and all students in the school had the opportunity to read “Ruby’s Hope” by Hannah Taylor: an illustrated book written by Taylor when she was just ten that inspires hope and caring and empowers its readers to get involved and “make change”, at any age.
Inkster School organized and hosted its first Sustainability Conference on April 19, this year focusing on waste reduction. The day-long conference took place at the school, and the students went around the school attending different talks and workshops hosted by speakers from organizations focused on sustainability, including MCIC. The students later taught their classes what they had learned in their sessions.
After the conference, the school set up a Sustainability Team who will help the school implement a composting program. The team of students will gather compostable waste regularly from around the school and the school plans to use this compost in their school garden next year.