Friday, June 5, 2015

Matthew Halton students serve free pancake breakfast as WE Day project

^ Cayleigh Duffield, Christopher Dupius, Caelen Taylor, Paul Johnson, Yun-Ha Jungm Marieka Welke, Hayley Davis

Toni Lucas

A group of Matthew Halton High School students were at the Ranchland Mall Pincher Creek parking lot on Saturday morning, May 30 serving up a free pancake breakfast for any and all who came,  which turned out to be a total of approximately 60 people.  The event was part of the students' WE Day local project.  Although the ones manning the grill and selling soaps and lotions were in grade 11 or 12, there were students from all grades involved from organizing, fundraising, making soaps and lotions, and making and hanging posters. "This helps pay our way into the next WE Day," said Marieka Welke, who explained that money doesn't buy admission to a WE Day event,  but rather one has to commit to doing positive acts.  The idea of WE Day is to get students aware and involved in issues both locally and globally and have them take positive steps toward making better situations and making a better planet.

Laura McGlynn showed students how to make various products including soap, body scrub, skin cream, and lip balm.  The proceeds from the sale of those products are slated to help the Me to We project.  Cayleigh Duffield is a grade 11 student who plans to travel to the Dominican Republic and help build a school in a Haitian community for her Me to We Project.  Me to We is a partnership of organizations including WE Day and Free the Children.

This is not the first time that Matthew Halton students have gone to lengths to make positive changes abroad.  Five students from participated in the Free the Children 'Adopt a Village' program  town of Bagad in 2013 by helping to build a school in that community.  They continue to fund raise for that community, showing that any 'Me' can affect another 'We'.

Related Links:
Me to We
We Day

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