The trip to Ottawa this past week was an amazing success! After sleeping over at the school the students headed to the Regina Airport to catch a flight at 6:15am. After a short trip they arrived in Ottawa where they immediately went to A.Y. Jackson High school where they brainstormed with other students about how to make change in the world.
On Tuesday morning the students went to the Canadian Tire Centre and participated in "We Day".
"We Day is a celebration of youth making a difference in their local and global communities. We Schools is the yearlong program that nurtures compassion in young people and gives them the tools to create transformational social change. Together they offer young people the tools and the inspiration to take social action, empower others and transform lives—including their own." (Free The Children, http://www.weday.com/)
On Wednesday the students took part in the Remembrance Day Ceremony at Centre Block. They also had the opportunity to tour the Peace Tower, Parliament Hill, and the Senate Room. Ms. Brundige, our social teacher, was able to connect many of the lessons they learned in the past years to these tours, which only added to the students understanding of the Canadian Government.
Wednesday night the students took part in the "Haunted Tour of Ottawa".
"We take you inside the old Carleton County Jail (now the HI Ottawa Jail Hostel) one of the most haunted buildings in North America! Was the wrong man hanged for the murder of D’Arcy McGee? Does he haunt the jail today? Come experience the jail and decide for yourself!" (http://hauntedwalk.com/ottawa-tours/)
This truly was an amazing experience for both the students and the staff that were able to attend. Me to We projects are not about receiving recognition, but our grade 8 students were so grateful for being recognized for their contributions to their community! The Grade 8 students look forward to starting their next "Me to We" project in the upcoming months.
A huge thank you to West Jet for making this all possible!