The students at Royal School are getting a lesson on social justice through baking.
On Feb. 12, 2016, the Grade 5/6H class at Royal School held a bake sale as part of their contribution to help one of the eight “Adopt a Village” countries supported by Free the Children.
When asked about why they hold events such as this, the response from the class was unanimous.
“It’s good because it helps other countries in need. It will help children like us understand what’s going on in other countries,” responded Keegan Gordon.
“We are all very lucky and just to be helping it feels good,” added Mason Laarveld.
The goal was for the class to raise $500. By the end of the bake sale, the kids had raised $417.05, an amazing amount for a small school of 170 students.
Free the Children is an international charity created by co-founders Craig and Mark Kielburger. When Craig was just 12 years old, he came across a news story about child labour in Pakistan. This inspired him to learn about child slavery and to find a way to help.
With the support of several classmates and his brother Mark, Craig set out to free children from slavery. The group quickly discovered that it was not enough to simply stop child labour from happening and 20 years later, Free the Children was born, an international charity co-founded by brothers Craig and Mark
Free the Children hold an annual event called WE Day in several cities and countries around the world. Students and educators cannot buy a ticket to attend this event. They must earn it by committing to one local and one global change action for the school year. Students and teachers can sign up for campaigns such as WE Bake for Change.
In addition to WE Bake for Change, Grade 5/6H signed up for WE Take Charge last October, 2015. For this campaign, the students in Grade 5/6H wanted to improve the school’s recycling program.
The goal was to get more students to recycle their beverage containers and to throw out less garbage. For the three weeks that this campaign ran, the kids noticed a significant difference in the recycling habits of the school community.
From here, the class became interested in poverty and homelessness. The kids learned that there is a large need for warm clothing in Winnipeg, so Ms. Huynh, the classroom teacher, contacted Siloam Mission for information as to how the kids could help.
The students created flyers and spread the word at the school. By the end of December, the class had collected 25 bags of clothing.
After the items were sorted and counted, the kids went on a tour to Siloam Mission to see how their efforts directly impacted their community.
When asked why students should learn about social justice, the kids quickly responded. “If you get people interested in helping other countries, then they will help more in the future,” replied Keegan Gordon.
We can’t wait to see what these Grade 5/6H students will do in their future.