If you happened to visit any of our Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) schools on Friday, Sept. 22, you would have seen a sea of orange. Students and staff across the SCDSB recognized Orange Shirt Day – Every Child Matters, a campaign that is a commitment to ongoing reconciliation in Canada and brings awareness to the former students of residential schools.
“When I heard about the story of Chanie Wenjack last year, I knew I wanted to do something,” said Boushy. “It made me very sad to hear what happened to him and I wanted to help other students learn about residential schools and why it’s important to know about them.”
A public speaking assignment in January gave Jordan an idea. The assignment was to be based on an act of kindness. He decided he would wear an orange shirt every day for a year in honour of Phyllis Webstad having hers taken away as a student, raise awareness of former students of residential schools and would raise funds for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. This week he will be giving a donation of $710.50 to the Centre.
Jennifer Shier, Grade 5 teacher at Forest Hill Public School, recalls his speech from January vividly.
“His speech was so powerful and inspiring,” says Shier. “It was given in a way that was age-appropriate, but that told the story of the shameful treatment of students in residential schools. He explained it in his own words, and it greatly impacted all of us that day.”
Jordan was nervous and excited for Orange Shirt Day last Friday, but made his mark by visiting classrooms and reading his speech to students and staff.
“What Jordan is doing is nothing short of amazing,” says Shier. “It’s one thing to recognize and be part of an initiative for a day, but to be this committed, to follow through and be this passionate about something so important is truly exceptional.”
We couldn’t agree more! Thank you Jordan for being an inspiration to others and sharing your knowledge about residential schools, truth and reconciliation. We are very #SCDSBproud of you!
Here’s a look at what schools across the SCDSB were up to for #OrangeShirtDay2017: