On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, about 200 Strait Regional Centre for Education Grades 6 to 12 students, staff and chaperones will join thousands of others at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax for an exciting, International and educational event, WE Day Atlantic. For anyone at home interested in watching the excitement, the event will be live via webcast from the WE Day Atlantic website.
Founded by brothers Marc and Craig Kielburger, WE Day is an initiative of WE Movement. It is a movement which empowers young global citizens through the WE Day event, and promotes youth to take action right here at home in order to create positive change in the world. The initiative enables schools to empower youth to make the world a better place locally and globally, and inspires them to take part in socially conscious acts that foster positive change. You cannot purchase a ticket to WE Day, students earn it through service. As such, each of our schools has committed to WE Act, a year-long educational initiative during which students are undertaking at least one local and one global goal that helps to promote positive change.
Students will hear stories, and see performances from world-renowned speakers and performers. Access this year’s line up at WE Day Atlantic 2019 Line Up.
Some of the ways students in the Strait Region are making meaningful differences in their home communities and around the world, and shifting the focus from 'me’ to ‘we’ are outlined below. Please note that as more information is received, we will add to the following list of initiatives.
Cape Breton Highlands Education Centre/Academy
The Students Without Borders Group/Enviro Club is currently sponsoring a child in Haiti through PLAN Canada. Students are also working with the school cafeteria to eliminate single-use cutlery with the goal of saving 10,000 pieces of plastic from being thrown out.
East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy
This year the focus of the school’s WE Team is on reconciliation, combating hunger and youth mental wellness. Students are already planning fundraising and promotional campaigns to support these causes both locally and globally. They also have a number of exciting initiatives planned for the 2019-2020 school year including a WE Week. During WE Week, students will have a WE Promotion Day, where they will celebrate everything WE and recruit new team members to join them. They will have a "You Matter" day, where they encourage everyone tell those who make their life better that "YOU MATTER” and then tell them why. In addition, during WE Week, students will organize a "Random Acts of Kindness" day as well as a "Show Your Appreciation" day where they will encourage youth to write thank you notes to an important person in their life.
St. Mary's Education Centre/Academy
The school’s WE team recently organized a funds drive for the local food bank called Toonies for Turkeys. The funds were donated to helping families in the local communities of the District of St. Mary’s and Guysborough County during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Whycocomagh Education Centre
The school is in the middle of a WE Scare Away Hunger food drive. The WE Day Club is having a food drive to support the school's breakfast and snack program.
Already, WE Day has engaged millions of young people all around the world who have made an impact on the lives of many people. You can learn more about WE Day at WE Day Atlantic.