Class project sparks inspiration, bringing smiles to strangers
Students at David Kejick School are embracing their cultural values through the WE Stand Together campaign. The awareness campaign was designed by WE Schools and the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative to get Canadians talking about the rights, culture and experience of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people.
During brainstorm sessions in class, students identified their culture with wisdom, appreciation, bravery and compassion. One student, Emily Mandamin, displayed these qualities on a trip to Toronto where she took action by sharing coffees, mittens and meals with Toronto’s homeless.
Emily’s educator Raquel Teibert, had issued a class challenge: make an impact that will live forever, and in doing so, preserve your cultural values. Emily was inspired by the challenge and after seeing a homeless individual sleeping on the ground, she spent the next day bringing smiles to the faces of people who needed it the most. Emily’s acts of kindness in downtown Toronto displayed the true meaning of standing together.
“It made me feel so good. I wanted that to live forever,” says Emily.
She plans to visit Winnipeg next to help the less fortunate, and hopes to inspire other young people to give back too.