Each year, schools from across the Rocky View Schools (RVS) division send students to experience the phenomenon that is WE Day. This year, the event took place at the Scotia Bank Saddledome Nov. 1. Students from the C.W. Perry School Students for Change Club were there, acting as student reporters for the Airdrie City View.
Hailey, Nick and Sydney provided the following report:
“On Nov. 1, we attended the Alberta WE Day, and it was an amazing experience. The show started with a musical performance by Lindsay Ell, and the Saddledome was brought to life with energy. This year’s big show was based on Generation WE and the C.W. Perry students were very fortunate for the opportunity to have gone. This was a once in a lifetime experience for everyone who attended.”
“At this concert, many inspiring role models presented, including Rick Hansen and Spencer West. They both gave amazing speeches making us want to go out in our communities and make positive changes,” Toyosi and Sidney wrote.
“WE Day included amazing performances by, Shawn Hook, Kenyan Boys Choir, and Lindsey Ell.”
WE Day is the brainchild of Craig and Marc Kielburger from Thornhill, Ont. The Kielburgers founded Free the Children – now known as WE Charity – in 1995. The human rights organization is focused on providing children around the world with opportunities to improve their lives and to be empowered. The C.W. Perry students said they found the speeches delivered by the brothers at WE Day this year to be extremely inspiring.
“Mark and Craig Kielburger still (never) cease to amaze us with ME to WE and how much they have done over the past couple of years. They have managed to build more than 1,000 schools and provide clean drinking water for many across the globe,” Hailey, Nick and Sydney wrote.
Their classmates, Sydney, Taylor and Jorja, agreed, writing, “WE Day was very inspirational. It taught us about helping others, helping the environment and to be kind. WE Day was full of lots of positive energy from the crowd and performers, especially when we made a pledge to help change the world.”
The first WE Day was held in October 2007 in Toronto. Since then, WE Day celebrations have taken place in Canada, the United States and in the United Kingdom. According to the WE Day website, students across the world have raised more than $105 million for more than 15,600 local and global organizations through WE Day and WE Schools.
Participation in WE Day is free to the schools and students. Each student and each school is asked to take a pledge, however, to complete one local and one global change effort in the coming school year. This year, students from 25 schools across RVS attended the WE Day celebrations.
“It’s not easy changing the world and neither is getting a ticket to WE Day,” Toyosi and Sidney wrote.
“‘You don’t buy a ticket to WE Day, you earn it.’ That’s exactly what our school did. So, get out there and change the world.”