The School District 83 Me to We Committee took a trip to the Coast this week to accept an award for all their hard work volunteering for their school and community.
Nov. 22 marked the opening of WE Day celebrations in Vancouver, an event that brings together speakers, activists, philanthropists and students to celebrate those committed to giving back to the community and others in need.
Nearly 150 students from the district made the trek to attend the event and awards ceremonies, where students Rhys Middleton and Richard Jurasek accepted the award on behalf of the committee.
Shuswap students are selected for the Me to We Committee by teachers in each of the district’s middle and secondary schools. These students are recognized as being outstanding leaders and most commit to the group from middle school right through to graduation.
The District 83 Student Me to We Committee has been operating since 2006. Following the “Me to We” philosophy, the committee is ‘for youth, by youth.’
Over the year student leaders rotate the committee chair position and work as a team to make excellent decisions, according to principal Wendy Woodhurst who, along with teacher Lisa Coombs-Smith, is a committee sponsor.
The 2018 committee includes returning members Maddison Coombs, Keeya Corbett, Destaney Dean, Katie Findlay, Brynn Gowen, Andrew Hall, Richard Jurasek, Rhys Middleton, Brody Mitchell, Sebastian Nyeste, Chris Ollinger, Haleigh Parker, Taylor Parker, Sunny Pickup, Ethan Pyle and Fiona Young. This year, the committee is welcoming Maddison Collins from A.L. Fortune and is looking for new representatives from Carlin Elementary Middle School, Len Wood Middle School and Eagle River Secondary to add to the group.
Through the committee’s leadership organizing annual fundraisers, students and staff have raised more than $140,000 over the years to support both local and global causes.