Students from H.J. Cody School were recently bussed to the Saddledome in Calgary to take part in WE Day – an international celebration of youth which promotes empowerment and community giving.
Forty-Five students from the H.J. Cody Interact Club attended the event, which focuses on encouraging young people to work at projects that contribute to their communities and a greater global community.
Club supervisor Alana Routhier was pleased with the accomplishments of her students and was happy to take them to a day full of motivational speakers and performers.
“We had floor seats – which was really great. I think because the young leaders in our Club have been doing so much in the last few years,” she said. “They have been so involved in the community.”
She added that the personal favorites of the group were Canadian astronaut Christ Hadfield, CEO and Founder of the Rick Hansen Foundation and former Paralympian Rick Hansen and performers Paula Abdul and Classified. According to Routhier, the students always return from WE Day ready to contribute to their communities.
“The kids this year and every year get so motivated to do projects,” she said. “It gives them the spirit to do a lot.”
Some of the projects that Interact is currently working on include We Scare Hunger – which encouraged people to make Food Bank donations on Halloween; Coins for Kids – which typically raises over $1,000 for the Christmas Bureau; and a program where the students have adopted a village in Uganda to help support and meet basic needs including food, shelter and education.
“WE Day is just so empowering,” Routhier said. “The kids get together and they find other kids that care about the world and the community.”
She added the studnets talk about many global issues and speak on topics from the environment to mental health to ways to motivate yourself to do little things that help the world.