KAHS students acknowledged for ongoing activism

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Kate Andrews High School students are flanked by teacher Mike Gibson on the left and the Coaldale Food Bank's Vaughn Caldwell, far right.

The work of student leaders at Kate Andrews High School has been acknowledged with a $1,000 grant from Telus to contribute to the local charity of their choice.

Teacher Mike Gibson, who co-ordinates the We Day and We Create Change efforts at Kate Andrews, said the grant is one of only seven being offered through Telus. The grant and a visit last fall by two Free the Children speakers were in recognition of Kate Andrews ongoing commitment to the principles of We Day, which encourage youth activism, in support of local and global causes. Last year, students at the Coaldale high school raised more than $10,000 to build a school in Kenya through Free the Children.

The students have decided to donate the $1,000 to the Coaldale Food Bank, as part of their annual Hampers of Hope Campaign which helps families in need at Christmas.  

In November, the Telus Give Where You Live speaking tour made a stop at Kate Andrews, to talk to the entire student body about giving back to the community. The two representatives of Free the Children then facilitated a workshop for 25 student leaders to further develop their community efforts.