These are global kids, truly super and global kids — building overseas schools, helping victims of war, coming to the aid of typhoon-devastated victims, all while not forgetting those who need help right outside their own doors.
The 17th annual Manitoba Teachers Society Young Humanitarian Awards next Wednesday honours eight public school students from four school divisions in Morris, Dominion City, and Winnipeg.
- With a YouTube video and an ambitious plan to build a school in a developing country, Morris School’s Avery Skog launched his Brick by Brick campaign.
The Grade 4 student’s goal? To sell 500 paper bricks at $20 each. "It’s just not fair that so many kids can’t go to school," Avery said.
- Clare Dodds excels at nurturing and connecting. Whether it’s packing school kits for war-affected kids in Syria, or serving meals at Siloam Mission, the Grade 7 student at École River Heights School genuinely enjoys school and community service.
- Loizza Aquino has an educated heart and some mad digital skills. As a Grade 9 student at Henry G. Izatt Middle School in Whyte Ridge, she spearheaded a $4,000 fundraising effort for a school build in Kenya, worked to raise funds for 2010 and 2013 victims of typhoons in the Philippines, and distributed Day of Pink t-shirts to Grade 4 students as a welcome to her middle school.
- Raelee Fehr is a humble soon-to-be graduate of Roseau Valley School who’s passionate about mental health.
Raelee coordinated the school’s Out of the Blue mental health campaign for the last two years. She’s also done humanitarian work in Ecuador, raising money herself through an after-school position as a cashier, odd jobs, and various fundraisers. This August, Raelee heads to Nicaragua.
- Emotions are close to the surface when young Paige Andrusko, Kyle Mingotti, Hope Croatto and Juliana Marucci talk about their motivations for raising money for cancer research.
Grade 4 students at Beaumont School in Charleswood, Team Paige and Friends threw themselves into an awesome Movember campaign, making and selling colourful mustaches at lunch and raising $1,757.
Each MTS Young Humanitarian Award comes with a YHA medal, framed certificate and a monetary prize. For complete details on the awards, go to mbteach.org.