By Sonya Geddes, Grade 2 teacher Stettler Elementary School
At the beginning of September our school, Stettler Elementary School, began the school year by teaching the students about the 8 Habits of Highly Effective People (by Stephen Covey) as we have become a Leader in Me school over the last several years.
On the eighth day I was talking with my Grade 2 students about the 8th Habit, Find Your Voice, and about how once you practice the 7 Habits you are ready to do the 8th Habit, Find Your Voice. I explained that the 8th Habit is when you can give back by being a leader and making a difference at home, school, in your community and around the world. We read a story about how some people gave used shoes to third world countries (“New Old Shoes”). Then we discussed ways to make a difference in different places in our lives. One of the discussions led to Hurricane Florence, which was happening at the time.
The next day, a little girl from my classroom, Miley Pybus, came to me and said she would like to do a fundraiser to help the people involved in Hurricane Florence, in North and South Carolina.
Miley asked her friend, Leann Schrijver from Mrs. Starling’s Grade 2 class if she would like to help her. Leann quickly agreed and they practiced Habit 5 by beginning with the End in Mind and came up with a plan to show Mrs. Sharon Fischer, the principal, to see if she would approve their fundraiser. Once the fundraiser was approved then they set to work making it happen. The plan was to sell juice for $1 and 2 suckers for $1 at snack and lunch recesses. They made posters, they helped make up a note that went to all the students in the school, and had their moms buy the juice and suckers, which they donated for the cause. The fundraiser was so popular they ended up extending sales for one extra day. They were able to raise $663.20, which was to be donated to the Canadian Red Cross.
Then one of our teacher’s, Mrs. Zazalak, has a mom that volunteers for the CRC so she came to our November assembly Nov. 16 so the girls could present their fundraising efforts to her. Mrs. Brander accepted the cheque of $663.20 on behalf of the Canadian Red Cross and then gave a slideshow presentation explaining CRC and what they do, as well as pictures and stats about Hurricane Florence. Thanks to Mrs. Brander, all the students were able to see where their money would go to help the victims of the Hurricane Florence.
Great job Miley and Leann for using Habit 8 to make a difference in our school and in the world. You are true SES leaders.
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