Evansdale Elementary School was chosen for a very worthwhile project this year. They were designated as a United Nations Rights and Responsibilities school. This meant that students, staff and parents would undertake to build greater community awareness through recognition of individual rights and responsibilities. They would look beyond their own school community as well.
As one project within this designation, the school partnered with the Education Committee of The GANG. Each October many GANG members reach out to schools in the district to read to students during Read-In week. Through the contact of member, Judy Dube, and her initiative during Read-In week, 2011, she brought awareness of how African grandmothers are raising their orphaned grandchildren and their dire need for assistance. As well, a video presentation illustrated the vision of our group; it provided a glimpse of the extreme needs of children in the African community.
The students and staff of Evansdale responded with a very creative idea to assist in this global endeavor. Each student was given a bracelet. Whenever $5.00 was raised in the classroom, a bead was added to the bracelet of each child in that class. As a result, $650.00 was presented to the GANG for the African projects of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. How amazing! Moreover the students grew remarkably in recognizing global need. How very heart-warming it was to hear parents tell us that their son or daughter explained to them why it was so important to bring some money to school to help children across the world.
The project is not over. Now the children are engaged in selling red shoelaces — a project that was initiated by a school in Halifax.
The Education Committee members were invited and participated in the school’s Multicultural Week at their Taste of Evansdale.
The GANG can attest that our partnering with Evansdale students was poignant and enjoyable for us all. We hope and believe that these feelings were reciprocal.