École Sun Valley School aids Ukrainian kids
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This article was published 25/03/2022 (441 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
During the crisis in Ukraine, teachers at École Sun Valley School are educating students about the situation, as well as on subjects such as human rights and freedom of speech, as well as teaching kids how they can help.
Two weeks ago, the school collected items to be shipped to Ukrainian refugees in Poland. Grade 4 student Brooklyn, explained that “we collected craft supplies, small toys and hygiene products that are being sent to the children of Ukraine. Many of these children had to leave their homes quickly.”
These items have been sent in connection with the efforts of Sts. Vladimir & Olga Cathedral, of the Ukrainian Catholic church.
Grade 4 student Nixon explained that a bike-a-thon was held from March 21 to 25 “to raise money for the Red Cross Ukrainian Humanitarian Crisis Fund. They help people by giving them food, medical supplies and shelter.”
Several stationary bikes were ridden all day long, all week long, by students in every grade.
I had the great pleasure to speak with Mrs. Odaisky’s Grade 3 and 4 class about these projects. My article was written by them after this point, because they expressed it so wisely:
Blake asked for my help to “encourage readers to donate to the Red Cross Ukrainian Humanitarian Crisis Fund.”
Kate explained that “we would like people to donate because people’s rights are not being respected and everyone deserves to have the rights that are listed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”
Ashlyn said “the Ukrainian people should have the right to life and safety, but that isn’t happening for many of them now.”
Jaelyn shared that “people should have the right to be with family in their homes. Many families have been split apart because the mom and kids have left Ukraine to be safe.”
Bailey continued, saying that “the people that had to leave may not have enough food and water, which are also rights.”
Evelyn stated that “people should have the right to a nationality and to belong to a country. If Russia takes over Ukraine, they won’t have this right anymore.”
Aubree said “people should have the right to freedom of speech. The Russian people who disagree with the government aren’t being allowed to speak up. They are sent to the police station, or they are put in jail.”
Emma added that “people have the right to a fair trial and not to be jailed unfairly. If Russian reporters say something that the government doesn’t like, they can be put in jail for 15 years.”
Sam explained how Sun Valley is trying to help Ukrainian people, and Avery said the Red Cross is well known to help people who need it.
Teacher Sue Odaisky finished with this:
“For your donation, we would like to sayt ‘dyakuyu’, which means thank you in Ukrainian.”
You can find a link to the Red Cross on the school’s website, or here: https://bit.ly/SunValleyRedCross
East Kildonan community correspondent
Wendy Hrynkiw is a community correspondent for East Kildonan. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org