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WSD schools are sharing their
hearts with Humboldt and the families affected by the bus accident that claimed
the lives of 16 people.
Students and staff are showing
support in many different ways, big and small. Many have donated to a Go Fund
Me fundraising drive for the affected families, others are creating memorials
and tributes in their classrooms and hallways.
On April 12, many schools took part
in Jersey Day, wearing team jerseys in a show of support for the Humboldt
Broncos hockey team. Sargent Park School, whose team colours happen to be the
same as the Broncos team, were among the participants.
The school chose to have a moment
of silence and play a musical tribute during what was originally going to be a
wind-up assembly for many of the school’s sports teams.
It was a student, Lance Soriaga, who
suggested the tribute; he emailed Principal Luba Krosney over the weekend. Lance,
like many students, followed the events in the news and wanted a way to show
“These innocent lives were going to
play a sport they were passionate about,” Lance said.
Teacher and basketball coach Ralph Backe said the
events deeply affected coaches and players alike.
“We get on a bus every year to go
up to Edmonton (for tournaments),” he said. “And I was thinking if this was us,
how sad that would be. When we are honouring these people, it’s not just thinking
about what happened some place far away, but how closely it could hit to home for
Ms. Krosney said it was important
for students to be able to take some action on their own terms.
“Our staff knew to listen to the
students first and take their lead. When the initiative comes from the
students, it makes it more powerful for them,” Ms. Krosney said. “It’s
important being able to recognize what has happened together as a school
community…we’ve been able to support each other.”
WSD has sent staff information on
how to discuss events like the Humboldt tragedy with students; school guidance
counsellors are also available for students who may need support.
“For the students, I think talking
about it a safe space, like their classroom, is important,” Ms. Krosney said.