We Day is an educational youth empowerment event and movement of young people coming together to change the world. This year’s We Day Manitoba will take place on October 29, 2014 at the MTS Centre with 16,000 students and educators from across the province. Students are earning their way to the event by taking action on one local and one global action of their choice. Follow their stories here or learn more at www.weday.com
School: Victory School
Written by: Kiersten Neufeld
Location: West Kildonan
The cause: Local and global causes
The action: Victory School has had a busy year working on social justice initiatives. Supporting both local and global causes, the school’s 250 students came together to help organizations including the Winnipeg Pet Shelter, United Way, and Free The Children. One way they supported global causes was by making and selling loom bracelets. The students have been busy, giving up their lunch hours and staying late after school, making the bracelets to fill orders. Through this, they have raised $463 which is being donated to Free the Children’s clean water and sanitation projects.
Locally, the month of April was dedicated as Kindness Month. As a school, students read the book Have You Filled A Bucket Today, and discussed the merits of acts of kindness. They worked hard to fill up a large bucket bulletin board with all the random acts of kindness that fill other people’s imaginary buckets. In addition, every Friday of the month was Pink Friday, where students wore pink to represent two things. First, that the students were choosing kindness. Second, that Victory School does not tolerate bullying.
Overall, Victory School is championing both local and global social justice causes, to make our world a better place.
The why: The Social Justice group, Unite to Change, believes in working together to make our school, community and world a better place.