Schools-with-Social-Consciousness Competition

October 5, 2009 at 4:24 pm 1 comment

When I visited Southridge School recently to accept a donation and interview kids who fundraised for Children’s Hospital, I was blown away by the importance the concepts of social consciousness and community support now play in school curriculum.

Watch the Global BC news story on Southridge School's fundraising

Sure, when I was in elementary and high school we received credits for community service (I personally chose to work as a candy striper and quit soon after my minimum hours were complete) but we were told it was important to have community service hours for our resume and it was left at that. Today, kids as young as 10 are not only learning phrases like “social consciousness” and “take action” but they are also expected to follow through on those ideas. Encouraged  to bring forward causes and fundraising ideas, they work with their teachers to put together a business plan and roll out their initiative right there in school. The results are truly astounding.

Last year a group of inspired kids at Southridge put a ton of work into creating hand-made bead magnets to sell to teachers, students, parents and neighbours. The magnets, sold for 50 cents each, were a hit and raised $616. Proof that little people can make a big difference.

Another huge supporter of BC Children’s Hospital is Dr. Knox Middle School in Kelowna.
Dr Knox Kelowna CFK

Dr. Knox Middle School, Kelowna

On May 2 of this year more than 40 courageous students of Dr. Knox Middle School shaved their heads, or donated at least six inches of hair each, in support of Children’s! Another 33 students collected pledges, and held fundraisers such as bake sales, and garage sales. They all had their reasons for helping out – some where Children’s Hospital patients at one time, some had friends and family that needed Children’s and some, like Dana Watts who was the top fundraiser last year, are just grateful for the good health they have and know it’s the right thing to do (Read the full story at

In a time where we have so much information about the bad things in our world, it’s just really nice to see kids looking forward and creating a positive footprint on the globe. Yes, these kids are special, but not because they did anything extraordinary. On the contrary, they did what any of us can do – they acted.
If you were thinking of starting a school project, the super community is the perfect place to start. Here are a few tips to get your school team started:
  • Talk to a teacher, principal or other school staff person about what your school can do to help. You may be surprised what’s available: from a meeting space and snacks, to PA announcements and school-wide emails to parents. And be sure to let them know you’re aiming to be recognized as a Super Community -they’re proud of their school, and chances are they’d love to see you chosen.
  • Talk to other school clubs and teams about what you’re up to (especially the clubs or teams you’re part of). They may be willing to pitch in, too – spreading the word to their members, coming to your events or helping you raise money.
  • Ask about opportunities to speak to individual classes, for instance during home room. Practice a short pitch – one or two minutes – that explains what you’re doing, why it’s important and how people can help.

Good luck – and let me know how things are going!


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