Get Involved… Be the Change

Pipestone Flyer

       On October 23, 2013, 23 Griffiths-Scott Middle School students and 2 teachers boarded a bus in the early morning hours to join 16,000 other students from around the province to attend Alberta’s second We Day at the Calgary Saddledome. We Day is an educational event organized by the Free The Children charity started by brothers and child rights advocates Mark and Craig Kielburger to inspire students to make and be positive changes in the world and their communities. This is the second year that Griffiths-Scott Middle School has participated.    

       This year speakers and performers included Martin Luther King the 3rd, Mark and Craig Kielburger, Down with Webster, Magic Johnson, Amanda Lindhout, Nelly Furtado and Spencer West to mention a few. The performances and speeches were geared to inspire and empower youth to be the change that they would like to see in the world.

       The Griffiths-Scott students competed for the chance to attend by writing essays on How to Inspire Change. Attendance is free and in return schools that participate in We Day are asked to undertake one local and global action for change during the course of the year. Last year the students raised enough funds through their penny drive to provide water for 52 people for life in impoverished countries.  So far this year, a student on the We Day team has been selling Rafiki Water Bracelets for $10, each bracelet sale provides water for one person for a year.

       Although this is only the second year of We Day in Alberta, this is the sixth year of the movement.  In the 2009-2010 school year, students participating in the We Day initiative raised 3 million for global action projects, 1.5 million for local action projects and have logged over 1 million hours of community service.

        Griffiths-Scott will also be included in the RBC H20 4U speaking tour as part of their We Day participation. This speaking tour raises awareness and encourages youth to fundraise for clean water at home and around the world.

Just Posted

County of Wetaskiwin council moves ahead on efficiency audit

Intense debate Apr. 9 over how county’s efficiency should be reviewed

Alberta’s 47 legislature newbies meet under the dome for orientation day

Most new members are with the United Conservatives, who won a majority government

Albertans have spoken, and spoken clearly

UCP takes 63 electoral districts, NDP mostly an Edmonton party

AFSC crop insurance rates lower for some producers in 2019

Cow-calf producers can take advantage of premiums lower than at this time last year

New Sarepta students host political forum Apr. 10

Political Forum hosted by NSCHS Students

VIDEO: Police dog in Oregon struck by 200 porcupine quills during pursuit

The German shepherd had to be sedated and was in treatment for more than two hours

Wilson-Raybould: Feds want to just ‘manage the problem’ of Indigenous Peoples

Former federal justice minister speaks at First Nations Justice Council meeting in B.C.

Oil and gas company confirms death of one of its employees in Yoho avalanche

Dana Coffield died when he was skiing in the Rocky Mountains

Cenovus CEO estimates production curtailments will deliver billions to taxpayers

The curtailment program started Jan. 1 was designed to keep 325,000 barrels per day off the market

Singh says childhood abuse steeled him for scrutiny and stress of politics

He recounts the assaults for the first time in his book Love & Courage

Despite five extra weeks’ parental leave in Canada, dads still face stigma: survey

One reason people said dads don’t need leave is because they can just bond with their kids at weekend

Calgary’s public school board responds to Syrian child’s suicide after bullying

Amal Alshteiwi, a newcomer to Canada from Syria, took her own life several weeks ago

Child, 11, accidentally shot in the chest at Alberta religious colony

Child taken from Hutterite colony to nearby hospital

Woman in critical condition after motorcycle crash on Edmonton highway

Police say both women were thrown from the bike, and the van continued forward, hitting a Nissan Altima

Most Read