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!


BC EXcalibur Party Leader – Michael Halliday

Leader of the BC Excalibur Party, Michael Halliday, stopped by the school today to present his platform to our students. Below is a video of the presentation along with 10 facts on why students should vote for the Excalibur Party on Student Vote day, May 13th.

1. Create Rail Transit between Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack and Hope
2. Remove the PST from used items, to encourage Re-use and Re-cycle
3. Use the Carbon Tax for what it was meant – providing revenue for Alternative Energy and clean air projects
4. No Incinerator – use landfills to develop alternate fuel source projects
5. Defend our Water from Environmentally harmful exploitation
6. Respect for the concerns of local communities
7. Elementary, Middle and High School classes alike should be supplied with regular teacher’s aides to help teachers monitor classroom activity
8. With prizes of money and environmentally friendly products the BC Green Lottery will work towards encouraging, developing and funding environmental education, protection and preservation projects from its profits
9. Cover medical bills for approved alternate medical care, such as naturopathy, homeopathy, chiropractors, Chinese medicine, holistic herbalism etc., as well as treatments
10. BC residents participating in self-employment training through a government programme should receive $500.00 to $1,000.00 set-up money after graduation from their course and should be eligible for a 6 month extension of government payments.

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!