Over the holidays, I recounted the story of a family member’s journey through WWII, along with the scars of the trauma of being hungry as a child.  We discussed some leftover behaviours like having to be particular to ensure not too much potato gets carved off when peeling because we don’t want to waste.

The truth is, most of us don’t worry when we peel potatoes or carrots for our festive meals, but many children and families in our communities and around the world still go to bed hungry and malnourished.

Those family stories along with so many experiences with the injustices of life compelled me to include changemaking as one of the most important journeys of a child.  I want my children and every child to grow up knowing this truth, “I can change the world.”  It is a fierce and bold claim of promise.

Maybe it is said best here…

Over the past month of initiatives, it was wonderful to see children as change-makers!

Let’s take a moment to recount the experiences.  In the pause, we will be changed.

Change-making transforms Curriculum

Our brilliant Grade 2 teacher has a year-long theme of Cooking with her little “Chef” students.  Each week they cook as part of an exploration of core competencies, math, language, science, and much more.  The children love it!

However, this term, they are challenging themselves to go further.  They are cooking soup available for the whole school at $3/bowl as fundraisers for vulnerable children.  Last month in two days of Soup-er Kids cooking, they raised just under $400 and bought $30 pairs of pajamas for care packages for children and youth in need.  Plus, the fragrance of Turkey Soup throughout the school brightened a winter day!

The Grade 2 students considered children who were in need and turned their learning into gifts for the school and the community.

Story-telling creates Change-makers

The Grade 4 students, brilliantly re-told the story of The Good Samaritan.  As a piece of literature, the moral of the story is inspiring.  In the hands of children, it is downright moving.  The children performed the whole story for the whole school and encouraged us all to be good neighbours.  Change-making is often inspired by story.

You’re Never Too Young (or Old)!

The preschool class leads a food drive for the whole school each year and we know that even the little ones can participate.

Change-making invites Leadership

Student leaders step forward to initiate, lead, and serve throughout change-making experiences.  They believe, so they act.  It is profoundly inspiring.  Over the past month, we had our student ambassadors outside early one morning, dressed as elves and with Santa hats inviting our community to donate to our well-publicized Turkey Drive.  They cheered, collected, and served enough turkey to feed 500 hungry souls!  It was change-making in the spirit of giving!

Have Faith

Change-making requires relentless optimism, hope, and faith.  As change-makers, we are so much better together!  We can’t do it all, but the world needs whatever we can do!

For the sake of the children,

Karine