The leadership team at Sacred Heart School/ École Sacré Coeur – which is comprised of Grade 7 and 8 students in French Immersion and English classrooms – has been involved in the Build a School program to construct a new school in a third world country.
The students hope to raise the $10,000 necessary for the school before the end of June. Thus far they have raised about $5,000.
They've embarked on a Buy a Brick campaign to raise some of the funds. A brick costs $20, and a new school has 500 bricks. Students, parents and local businesses have been approached for support.
A collection of paper bricks in the gymnasium tracks their progress.
Grade 7 and 8 French Immersion teacher Nancy Bourbonnais said they decided to participate in Build a School after they attended We Day in Saskatoon in November. The goal is to build 200 new schools around the world.
“Myself and the leadership team agreed that this was a project that we want to take on,” said Bourbonnais.
They don't know where the school will be located, but Bourbonnais said the focus this year is on India and Africa.
The leadership team has also raised money through a candy gram sale in December, and a change war in January.
“We've had a lot of donations from parents and families, and people in the community who have brought in $20 for a brick,” said Bourbonnais.
They'll also have a recycling fundraiser for Earth Month in April. Students will bring in recyclable materials.
Grade 8 French Immersion student Mackenzie Park said she was inspired by what she heart about the Build a School when she attended We Day.
“We're so fortunate with what we have, so we want to build a school for people,” said Park. “It's unfair how we have all this stuff, and they don't even have a school.”
Park said Build a School is not just a great way to help children in need in other countries, it also teaches young people in Canada that they can make a difference.