Through Free The Children’s year-long service learning program, We Act, students and teachers across the province are taking action to make a difference in their local and global communities. Schools that participate in the We Act program are eligible to receive tickets to We Day, a stadium-sized youth empowerment event that brings together thousands of students with the greatest social activists and musicians of our time.
Each week, this section will feature the story of one school and its students, earning their way to We Day. Together, We Act and We Day are inspiring a generation of active local and global citizens.
For more information, visit www.weday.com
School: Yellowquill School, Portage la Prairie School Division
Written by: Naomi Harley
Location: Portage la Prairie, Man.
The cause: As part of Free The Children’s year-long water initiative to help provide 100,000 people with access to clean water.
The action: Take part in the We Create Change campaign, whereby $25 in pennies provides one person with access to clean water for life!
The why: This is Yellowquill School’s first year being involved with Free The Children and the students took the commitment to "We Acting" very seriously!
Locally, they devoted their time to raise awareness of anti-bullying and globally the students addressed issues of clean water. After learning more about the importance of having access to clean water, the students signed up for We Create Change, a campaign that challenges people to donate their pennies.
For every $25 in pennies one person in Free The Children’s developing communities will be provided with clean water for life. The group at Yellowquill started out with a goal of providing access to 15 people, and managed to more than double its goal by raising $800 in pennies and providing 32 people with clean water!
This success did not come without challenges; Manitoba was filled with snowstorms that made planning events difficult.
Students at Yellowquill are looking forward to setting up a leadership committee in their school and working together to create positive leaders that can go out into the world and make it a better place.