Posted by: meredithbuchanan | March 25, 2010

Encouraging Makers of Change!

Students baked cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and even lasagna!

The students in my grade 6 Language Arts class were about to finish a unit on discrimination. In this unit we learned about stereotypes and different kinds of “isms”: Racism, Sexism, Ableism, Ageism, and Heterosexism.

Students explored examples of each discrimination though a variety of texts. As the unit was coming to a close the students began asking the question, “Now what?” Now that they were educated on these issues, they wanted to take their learning to the next level and make a difference. My students decided they would like to hold a bake sale to raise funds for their cause. In groups, the students picked recipes, brought in the ingredients, baked the goods, and sold them for a pretty penny during the school lunch hours. The grade 6 students raised $143, and with the exception of one batch of over salted brownies, (I think they mistook the salt for flour!) their treats were delicious!

Students collectively decided to give the money to The Schizophrenia Society of Canada, which is an organization that exists to improve the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis through education, support programs, public policy and research. I was inspired by the student’s activism at such a young age. They refused to be passive about the knowledge they had received on these issues. The students saw a small way they could help; and they were so eager to get involved!

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