You could have heard a pin drop in the hallways and classrooms of St. Paul Catholic School today, as over 380 students and staff members pledged a one-hour vow of silence in support of social justice.
As an initiative of the school’s “ME to WE” club, St. Paul’s WE Are Silent campaign was focused on giving a voice to the voiceless, particularly the 130 million young girls around the world who are currently out of school.
Led by Arts teacher Mario Rocchetta, students in the “ME to WE” club asked for donations from the school community in order to provide education for children in developing countries. Students were informed that, for every $50 collected, a child would be given the gift of primary education. The club was overwhelmed to discover that the school community surpassed their original goal of sending five children to school by collecting enough funds to support the education of 10 children.
“We raised just over $520 in one hour,” said Grade 8 student Hailey Laberge.
“I’m so proud of our St. Paul family. It makes me feel very hopeful for the future of our children.”
Amanda Guzzo echoed her classmate’s sentiments.
“Every child should have the right to go to school. To know that we’ve impacted 10 kids’ lives is just amazing.”
With St. Paul recently being designated as a WE School, the Grade 8 leaders looked to set a positive, emphatic tone with the WE Are Silent campaign, and are already working on ways for next year’s leaders to continue making an impact.
“Today made me feel very pleased with our school community,” said Emma Winters, another of the Grade 8 club leaders.
“I think we’ve helped all the students at St. Paul to realize that it’s on us to be there for each other, including those around the world who are less fortunate than us.”