River Heights wins 2023 Student Citizenship AwardMarch 15, 2023 Announcement, News Story
Congratulations to École River Heights School Team 17, winners of 2023 Manitoba School Boards Association Student Citizenship Award.
The group of Grade 7 and 8 students began their citizenship journey last year as a group of students and staff who care. They use the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals as their platform to jump in and help any way they can. The team consists of a group of students that want to make a positive difference at River Heights School, in the community and beyond.
The team employs a variety of ways to help – including shoveling snow in the neighbourhood, writing holiday cards for seniors in care and organizing the Commuter Challenge to document the impact of 18 classrooms and the active and safe methods students can use to attend school.
With the support of late Member of Parliament Jim Carr, Team 17 raised over $1000 for the Canadian Red Cross by making and selling pins for Ukraine. The team also attended an in-person Climate Action forum at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, where students from Grades 7 to 12 had opportunities to connect with other like-minded students while attending expert-led, hands-on workshops. Their two teacher leaders, Amanda Tetrault and Jessica Condo, were able to participate in the professional development shared for staff members as well.
After the devastating earthquakes in Syria and Turkey this year, Team 17 organized a Freezie sale and oversaw ticket sales to some in-school basketball games, raising $700 for the Canadian Red Cross. Team 17's most recent work is developing a presentation to share with their own school about Climate Action and how we can make a difference. They plan to take this presentation on the road and present it to local elementary schools as well.
Finally, Team 17 has been working with two Tower Gardens. These students have been growing food to provide healthy food for hungry students in the school.
Recognition well deserved!