On June 16, Grade 6 students at West Bayfield Elementary School hosted a Kids in Action Extravaganza to share what they had learned about community organizations and charities to help create change in the world.
The students spent their year learning about the community and the world, giving them the power and motivation to make a difference. The students became advocates for various community organizations and put their words into action, tackling issues such as homelessness, poverty, endangered animals, pollution, inequality and disease.
These students became the voices of young activists. They asked hard questions, examined big ideas and made hopeful suggestions for action and change. The hope throughout the learning and teaching was to be able to “motivate citizens of all ages to join in the movement to be the change in our world.” Students also created and published a Kids in Action magazine, with a page dedicated to each student and the organization of their choice.
The students raised a total of over $2,400 for 22 different charities, which included the following cheque presentations made at the June event:
- The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation: $550
- Bear Creek Animal Sanctuary: $100
- Children’s Wish Foundation: $140
- Earth Rangers: $100
West Bayfield Elementary school is part of the New Pedagogies for Deeper Learning international innovation partnerships. Students and staff at the school have taken the lead by putting their words into action through projects like Kids in Action.
~ Angela Pino, Principal, West Bayfield Elementary School