We Scare Hunger – October 31st Information

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you are hopefully aware, students of our school have been collecting non-perishable food items all month as part of a campaign to address hunger issues in Chilliwack. We Scare Hunger was created by Free The Children to address a need to stock our local food banks by collecting and donating canned food. Thank you to all those who have helped out so far; it is important work.

The second part of this campaign involves giving students the opportunity to collect canned food as well as candy when they treat-or-treat in the evening of October 31st. It is regarding this activity that I am writing to you today. In the afternoon of Thursday October 31st, Mr. Hagkull and I will be escorting all grade 5/6 students around our immediate community – the streets around the school. We will be dropping flyers off in mailboxes and talking to any community members we see in passing about We Scare Hunger. The flyers will inform the community that students may be asking for canned food items as well as candy on Halloween.

If you and your family are interested in participating in this worthwhile cause, you may drop by the school any time between 6:30-8:00pm, on Thursday evening, and drop off donated cans you have collect while out trick-or-treating. Staff, many of whom will be in costume, will provide donation tables and a hot drink to warm you up.
If you have any additional questions, then please give me a call at the school at 604.792.8537 or email me at christopher_lister@sd33.bc.ca.

Christopher Lister
Central Elementary Community School

We Scare Hunger 2013

Once again this year, our school will be partnering with the Free The Children – the largest global network of children helping children. The month of October kick-starts a year-long series of actions that address local and global social-change issues.

During the month of October we will be educating our local community about a hunger problem in Chilliwack.  In addition, we are empowering our students to make real change by providing them with the information and the vocabulary to ask their family networks for unused canned food.  Students can bring their unused canned food, or non-perishable food items, to school each day during October, and at the end of the month we will donate our food to the Chilliwack Salvation Army Food Bank.

In 2010 we collected 636 items of canned food

In 2011 we collected over 1100 items

In 2012 we collected over 900 items

Our goal this year is to collect one more can!

On Halloween night, October 31st, staff from Central Elementary School will set up donation tables at the school, and supply hot drinks for those students who are tick-or-treating for canned food as well as candy.  For those trick-or-treating around the school will we have canvassed the surrounding houses before hand to let them know students will be asking for canned food as well as candy.

This type of service-learning is real, authentic, and meaningful work; Arguably, the most important students will undertake this year.

Remember, every can counts!


We Are Silent 2013

 Why Go Silent?

  • 215 million children are forced to work as child labourers and are denied the right to attend school.  One in every three children in developing countries is malnourished. One billion children are deprived of essential services like food, water, education, or health care.

For those of you who have chosen to participate in this year’s vow of silence to create awareness around the issue of Children’s Rights, my hope is that you’ll all remember this day and always be advocates for those less fortunate than yourselves. Silence is powerful!  Silence can aslo be awkward and uncomfortable for many people, and it’s these uncomfortable feelings we want to tap into to.  We want people  to look at you, to look at the t-shirts and slogans you are wearing, to question you, and most importantly we want them to wonder.  We want them to see that you care so deeply about Children’s Rights that you’re not afraid to show it.  You see, We Are Silent is about showing the world that children and youth also care about Children’s Rights, not just adults, and what children and youth have to say on the issue is important and their voices must be heard!  Your voice must be heard!  On Thursday April, 18th your silence is your voice, and it will loud enough that world leaders will have no opinion but to listen to you.


The Chilliwack Times newspaper wrote this article about on Tuesday.  I hope it will serve to inspire you to meet your goal.


Here is a slideshow which shows how important the topic of Children’s Rights really is:



This video shows students participating in We Are Silent in 2010:


Vow of Silence 2010: Free The Children from Mr Lister on Vimeo.


Please copy your 4-square on Children’s Rights in the comment section below.  Remember to use SpellCheckPlus



We Are Silent Day Plan 2013

8:45 Circle – Will use whiteboards to give a number and feeling

9:30 Silent French with Mrs. Austin

10:15 Silent Recess –  I will be outside with you to support you

10:30 Short Videos –

  • I will show a series of short video on several topics related Children’s Rights.

  • Watch the video a couple of times.

  • Respond with a question, comment, statement of support, or connection related to the right.

  • Write the message down sticky notes and attach it to the chart paper.




1. Read the Blog posting on the class blog titled, We Are Silent 2013

  • Finish your 4-square on Children’s Rights you started on Monday with Mrs. Austin

  • Copy it into the comment section of the blog

  • Remember to use SpellcheckPlus

2. Create your own slideshow on the topic of children’s rights or create your own blog posting on the topic of children’s rights

12:00 Silent Lunch – I will be outside and inside taking video footage and supporting you in your vow

12:45 Silent Read

1:00 science – Mr. Hagkull

1:45 – Feature length movie on topic of Children’s Rights, “To Educate a Girl”

2:30 Home

Friday’s Vow Of Silence In Support Of Children’s Rights

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.

Here is our day plan:

8:36 – Child’s Rights Videos and reflections – Lead by Mr. Lister

9:10 – Journals – reflect on how it feels to be silent at school

9:30 – choose a ‘child’s right’ issue to research using research links on blog under the heading Children’s Rights Awareness

10:15 – Silent Recess

10:30 – Art – Child’s Right Poster

– When you are finished – play Vow of Silence games on the blog under the heading Educational Games

12:00 – Silent Lunch

12:45 – Video – Ruby Bridges

2:30 – Dismissal

Things you could do that are silent:

1. Listen to a book at the Living Library

2. Read a book

3. Research history of child rights or a specific issue that interests you

4. What ideas can you come up with?

Please honour your classmates on Friday by respecting their silence!