During each school year, our students undertake hundreds of social justice projects that make a difference in their schools, their city and beyond. These are only two of the recent initiatives where our students reached out to make the world a better place.
Pool our Love
A few years back we began an ongoing partnership with Saskatoon's Friendship Inn and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. Students at our schools learn about the Inn and its work and then are asked to donate a specific food staple, which is collected at the school in a small children's swimming pool - hence the project's official slogan: "Pooling Our Love for the Friendship Inn." Teachers use additional lesson plans to help students learn more about poverty, hunger and social justice in our community.
During the 2013-2014 school year, 30 schools participated, involving 10,230 students. They donated staples and grocery items worth about $11,500. Students also volunteered at the Inn.
After hosting dozens of activities including raffles, toonie collections, coffee sales, spirit days, bottle drives, a multicultural day and a variety night, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools students raised $24,490 for people in the Philippines who are recovering from Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated that country in late 2013.
"An important part of Catholic education is teaching our students that they have the ability and the responsibility to reach out to others," said Diane Boyko, chair of the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Board of Education. "We are proud of our staff and students for the effort they put into these activities, in addition to our usual Christmas projects."