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Youth take to the streets, call for social justice

Wednesday, May 07, 2014   by: Brad Jones

Students from various schools across the Huron Superior Catholic District School Board participated in their annual Walk for Justice today.

Walking from their individual schools, children held their own hand-painted signs and decorations encouraging passing motorists to honk in show of support.

The children marched in the chilly weather with great enthusiasm.

There is a focus on developing and teaching compassion to elementary school students.

“Children need to learn that not everybody in this world is as lucky as they are,“ said Krista Dodd, kindergarten teacher at Holy Cross.

“They need to have compassion, and give up little bits here and there so that maybe other children can have the necessities in life."

Passing motorists did not disappoint.

Wherever the children walked cars could be hear honking in support, a gesture that was greatly appreciated.

“When the horns beeped and the kids' faces lit up, and they're like “They read my sign, they read my sign,” it really honestly touched their hearts that someone they didn’t know was looking at something they did, a piece of art they did, and the children loved it.”

Schools that participated in the event include Holy Cross, Holy Family, Our Lady of Lourdes & St. John, St Ann, St. Bernadette, St. Francis, St. Mary’s French Immersion, St. Paul, St. PiusX, St. Theresa, and Holy Angels Learning Centre.

This event was held in tandem with a provincewide mass being held in the Essar Centre celebrating Catholic Education Week.

St. Mary’s College and St. Basil Secondary were two of 192 Catholic schools participating throughout the province, with a highlight being the reading of a message from Pope Francis.

“We hope that this Mass will be another step to bringing the two unique student bodies into one,” said St. Basil Secondary Student Trustee, Alex Camirand, in a release.

“As we move closer to St. Basil Secondary and St. Mary’s College melding into one school community this is a perfect opportunity to strengthen future relationships."

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Edi's Mom 5/7/2014 8:49:49 PM Report

Are these children holding a protest for how they have shown compassion for other children, or that other children should show more compassion...I am confused here..shouldn't these children be in the classroom learning...not taking direction from their teacher on what "they should" be doing? I am all for protests but really...these children are out there for the teacher/school this how children "learn" compassion. Compassion is learned in every day should not be forced down these children's throats...LIVE AND LEARN!
Zap 5/7/2014 9:34:44 PM Report

Good little sheeple.
thinkbeforeyouact 5/7/2014 10:19:17 PM Report

what are these kids protesting?
Deano_ 5/7/2014 10:46:15 PM Report

Edi's Mom.. where did you read that this was a protest? I would say it's more of a demonstration.
I don't know anything about this activity, nor do I have any association with this school board, but activities that actually get kids out in the community and active in their learning is going to be beneficial. You have no idea what the context of this activity was, either. I am assuming they have been learning about social justice issues and they are using this as an opportunity to show their voices and become involved.
It's a shame that ignorant people like you need to complain about anything they can, especially when it comes to teachers and education as a whole.
What did you do today to raise awareness about social justice? Have you left your couch?
Deano_ 5/7/2014 10:47:50 PM Report

When it comes to social justice, what would you think would be more beneficial?

Read some stories and answer some questions from a text book? Or engage in something meaningful like this that they will likely remember for many, many years?
tcowen 5/8/2014 6:57:19 AM Report

G'morning.. children, today's word is "Indoctrination".
cheri 5/8/2014 8:38:01 AM Report

Sounds like a bad case of affluenza
cooker_eh 5/8/2014 8:49:00 AM Report

Just asked my kid about it since he participated in this demonstration. He said it was about awareness that not every kid gets the same opportunity that they do and some kids in 3rd world countries would really like to be able to even go to school.
It's good to know that the kids understand the true reason for what they are doing but disturbing when some ignorant useless adults who are completely clueless to such issues come on here and chirp instead of doing something productive.
ThinkAgain 5/8/2014 8:55:59 AM Report

Sad when the school board uses children as "pawns"
Algodees 5/8/2014 10:11:26 AM Report

It's looks like a lot of adults could use a bit of compassion for others. These kids are just taking some time to contemplate just how lucky they have been to be born in Canada when they were. This is a good lesson for the kids. Some of the people who have written in on this article should learn a lesson from these children.
havenesegal 5/8/2014 10:17:58 AM Report

Bravo to these teachers for getting these kids out of the class room and get then doing Social Justice work.the youth are the people of tomorrow I think with the way the world is going there will be a need for more social justice work.What do u do to help get awareness of the injustice in our city and our world?.Oh I know u write on articles voicing yr mindless ass opinions and never leave yr house. I support Social Justice awareness :)
dtoday 5/8/2014 10:24:46 AM Report

The children had a great time standing up for justice. Why is this a bad thing? Being aware of the world and how lucky we are and having compassion is a wonderful thing. For people to be nasty and ignorant just confirms why we need more children to be citizens of the world and not just of their own couch.
B Boy 5/8/2014 11:05:30 AM Report

I think it's a great learning experience but it's also a missed learning opportunity. When my children did a similar thing at their school, I asked them about the how's & why's behind it and they were completely stumped. They understood there was inequality, poverty, etc., but they were taught the reasons behind it - only that it existed. How are we supposed to circumvent or improve without the knowledge as to why it happens?
tcowen 5/8/2014 12:47:34 PM Report

A moment for '..mindless ass opinions'.

It is indeed, great to see these children getting involved, 'taking it to streets' & fighting for social injustices.

But, even more importantly.. we need to teach our children that these injustices are not just happening in '3.rd world countries' they're happening right here.

In a classroom of 30..

1 child came to school this morning with no socks. 2 are trying to figure out what WASH court is & 3 of them didn't have breakfast.

Seven of these children are currently at risk of becoming homeless & one of them isn't there, because he has.

Who will carry a sign for these children..?

Frio 5/9/2014 9:10:10 AM Report

“Children need to learn that not everybody in this world is as lucky as they are".. They need to know how lucky they are that the same catholic religion was responsible for the ritual abuse of thousands of native children in the residental schools.
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