Day 36 (of 188) thoughts on #wedayvancouver #weday #bcedbloggers
From the overnight drive to the early morning wake up & coffees, the energy kept building. My daughter ended up being one of nearly 20 000 that filled Rogers Center in Vancouver (that’s more people than are in our town) for WE a Day.
An idea by the Kielburger brothers (Craig & Marc)who started “free the children”, WE day is the ‘thank you’ to youths who are making a difference; shifting thinking from “me” to “we”. Craig & Marc started their international charity while still students:
This is why they want others to take on challenges today – not ‘someday’. Craig started his “passion project” in grade seven… http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Day
Inspiring speakers such as Spencer West (http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/06/22/meet-spencer-west-the-legless-toronto-man-who-climbed-mount-kilimanjaro/?__federated=1 seriously, get him to your school district) and music acts expressing great honesty such as Macklemore & Lewis sharing their personal stories. And it’s not about everyone doing big projects, but it is about ‘thinking global’ (themes such as clean water, mental health, medical supports, education for all and many more!) and ‘acting local’ (food drives for local food banks, wearing pink for mental health awareness, etc).
The key message to me came early: if your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.
Personally I am going to continue to campaign for better awareness on anxiety in schools; communicating student learning as opposed to reporting student achievement (eportfolios vs report cards); and disrupting classrooms (with geniushour and self organized learning environments) to keep the classroom focus on Learning, not task-completion.
We can all do our part, and if we all do something, great things are possible. Great to take a ‘time out’ to focus on what “WE” can do. As Travis Price, one of the founders of Canada’s Day of Pink http://pinkshirtday.ca/about/ said, I may only be one, but I am one…