School: Teulon Elementary
The grade three staff and students of Teulon Elementary School were
shocked to hear of the disaster that hit Haiti on January 12th, 2010,
especially after they realized their classmate, Cheyenne, had a
connection to the devastated country. Her sister, Rebecca, was raised in
an orphanage in Haiti from the age of 18 months to 2.5 years. The
orphanage was destroyed in the magnitude 7.0 earthquake. Her sister who
is now four came to Canada in 2007.
After completing their study of Africa and participating in the
UNICEF campaign, the grade three's recognized their responsibility
toward social justice. Cheyenne offered her talent of violin playing to
raise money for the rebuilding of the orphanage. Her classmates were
sparked and decided to practice a musical number with the help of their
music teacher. On February 1, 2010, the grade three's presented, at a
school assembly, interesting facts about Haiti, its people, and their
lifestyle. Parents, family and community members were invited as well as
the entire school. The grade three's performed an appropriate, beautiful
vocal selection. The assembly then enjoyed a musical performance by
Cheyenne and her sister Katie on their violins followed by a native
Haitian guest speaker, ( a new immigrant to Canda) who gave first hand
information about Haiti.
As students filed into the assembly, their donations were placed into
Cheyenne's violin case which overflowed with a grand total of $2044.50.
This money was then forwarded to the Canadian Red Cross for relief
efforts in Haiti. This amount was matched by the Canadian government.
The project matched the learning outcomes 3.3.1.Locating Communities, 3.3.2 Living with the Land, 3.3.6 Cultural Diversity, 3.2.3 Human Rights, and 3.2.4 Personal Responsibilities. The core concept covered was Citizenship.
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Speaker - Mrs. Barb Rieder