This is the start of something epic.
We are 45 grade eight students in Ottawa, Canada who are trying to make a difference in the world. (Just like Craig Kielburger did when he was 12 years old.)
This “Make The World a Better Place” project was created as a way to explore the new 2013 Social Studies (Gr 1-6), Geography and History (Gr 7/8) Ontario Curriculum which was released earlier this school year.
There’s a lot of great stuff in the new curriculum: social justice, big ideas, and character education. You can read more on our class website.
Although our journey officially started at Longfields Davidson Heights in September 2013 with Mr Fuchigami and his two grade 8 literacy classes, R8B and R8C, we’re trying to create something bigger than us. (Read Mr Fuchigami’s motivation behind this project.)
In fact, we’re trying to think big: how could we reach a million lives, viewers, or dollars?
How are we trying to change the world?
We’re trying to make a difference in two different ways:
Every student is doing a personal service project to help raise money or awareness about a cause that interests them.
- We’re using the Who is Nobody character education program to help us make a difference for people, animals or the environment at a local or global scale.
- Students write about their experiences online and every week a different student talks about how they tried to turn “nobody” into a “somebody.”
- As of Jan 2014, students in R8B and R8C have collected over 376 items of clothing or food for groups such as the Snowsuit fund, Ottawa Food Bank, Operation Christmas Child, Community Centers, and Toy Mountain. Students have raised $1843 to donate to various causes including the Royal Canadian Legion, UNICEF, Islamic Relief Foundation, and Neil Squire Society. Read more here.
Since January 2014, our two grade 8 classes have been participating in the Entrepreneurial Adventure which is an experiential learning opportunity run by the Learning Partnership and sponsored by the BMO Financial Group. We have been working with two business leaders from the community to run several class business ventures to raise money and awareness about a global area of need.
- Peter Moore has been working with R8C. He is a Senior Account Manager/ Commercial Banking with the Bank of Montreal Financial Group.
- Brad Brohman has been working with R8B. He is the Vice President of Sales with Kivuto Solutions. Kivuto provide digital distribution and management solutions that enable the secure delivery of digital goods to individuals, businesses, and organizations.
- As part of the Entrepreneurial Adventure, we will be selling wristbands, trying to run a Pie in the Face fundraiser, selling popcorn, school-branded phone cases, as well as run a movie buy-in event.
- All proceeds from our class project will be donated to Free the Children at the end of the year.
We are growing.
We are currently creating a class network to help students and teachers make the world a better place. We’d like to blog and create youtube videos with other classes about social justice issues. If you’re interested, you can contact the teacher at [email protected] or leave a comment below.
If you are a business, we’d love to build a relationship with you. Read our open letter to local business.
If you are a grade 7/8 student, come on out and join the club. Click here for more information about how to get involved.