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!


Social Studies Through The Eyes Of Elementary Journalist’s

It’s important that as journalist’s we absorb, or soak up, as much media/news as possible.  The following links will hopefully inspire you to tell your own stories and engage in the world around you.  Perhaps, through exploring the world around you via all forms of media, you will connect with like-minded students around the world, telling their own stories.

Here is a brief list of places where journalist’s might search for stories:

  • Newspapers
  • Television
  • Radio
  • Internet
  • Libraries
  • Community members
  • Magazines
  • Teachers
  • Interviews
  • Making observations

The following links are examples of students creating and telling their stories in a variety of forms:

CNN student news

Free The Children Global Voices

Please tell me, by leaving a thoughtful comment, what you hope to achieve by exploring social studies through the eyes of a journalist.

Social Studies Assignment: The United Nations

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.

Assignment Steps:

  1. Visit www.voki.com
  2. Click on the create button in the top left hand corner
  3. Next, customize your character by gender, hairstyle, and clothing
  4. Once you are happy with your character click done
  5. Now it’s time to add the voice of your character.  I would like you to make your character talk about important points you have recently learned about the United Nations
  6. You can either record your own voice or use the text to speech box.
  7. Once you’ve selected an appropriate voice for your character click done
  8. You can now publish your work – click publish
  9. You will be prompted to name your work: Use firstname and UN in capitals
  10. If you have not already created an account you will need to do so now – use your @mrlister.co.cc email address and DO NOT use your last name
  11. Once registered choose medium sized voki
  12. Copy all the text in the box labelled “For Most Sites Use This Code”
  13. Once you have the code for your Voki visit the following Google Document and paste your code under your name – http://bit.ly/hsohIT

Here is an example:

Get a Voki now!

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!