Central Elementary School has had the honour of partnering with Free The Children’sWe Act program since 2010. Free The Children’s social justice programming has had a significant impact on the students I have worked with over the last 4 years.
Today is April 17th, and today we are showing our support for the millions of children around the world whose basic human rights are not met. Many children are forced to work long hours in unsafe conditions. They do not get the chance to go to school and become the best that they can be. Today we stand in solidarity for those children caught in the cycle of poverty, have little or no access to clean drinking water, have no access to basic health care, and are dying of treatable diseases. Our silence today sends out a clear message to governments around the world that the time to fight for Children’s Rights is today! These children are our future!
Below is a form I would like you to fill out to let me know why you are choosing to go silent for a period of time today:
Halloween For Hunger is the first campaign in our year-long commitment to think of others. This campaign was founded by Free The Children and is focused on collecting non-perishable food items to donate to our local food bank in Chilliwack.
Our goal this year is collect 700 cans of food
During the week of Mon Oct 24th – Mon Oct 31st – please bring to school at least one can of food
On Halloween night, Monday Oct 31st, instead of or as well as collected candy, please also consider asking for canned food
The local newspapers are running stories on SD 33’s Halloween For Hunger campaign as well as the two local radio stations
We will also be canvasing the local streets in the lead up to Halloween to make sure everyone is aware that people will be asking for canned food
How can you help collect canned food?:
Ask your immediate family if you have any extra cans
Call your extended family who live in Chilliwack and ask them
Ask your parents to call or text their friends about the event
Use your Twitter accounts and Facebook accounts to spread the message to family and friends who live out of town
With your parents help, ask your neighbours if they can help
Remember, you are the generation this world has been waiting for. You can help make a difference in your own town if you choose to.
Here are some social media links to help you understand the campaign a little more:
In keeping with our themes of children’s rights and social justice in social studies this year, we are moving on to discuss the United Nations. After reviewing the material below you are going to combine your knowledge and expertise in technology with your newly acquired knowledge of the United Nations, by creating a speaking avatar or Voki. Your Voki will inform me, your classmates, and the rest of the world about your understanding of the United Nations.
On Friday Nov 19, 2010 we are taking the Vow of Silence with others around the world to stand up for children who do not have their basic rights met and as a result may not survive or may not grow to reach their full potential. I am so proud of those of you taking this stand with me.