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RkPS Student Addresses WE Day
Rockland Public School Student Speaks at WE Day in Ottawa
Posted on 11/16/2018
Kenna Laberge

November 16, 2018 (Ottawa, ON) - Rockland Public School student Kenna Laberge took centre stage at the WE Day celebration in Ottawa Wednesday to discuss her school’s We Scare Hunger food drive. 

She was interviewed before a crowd of thousands at the Canadian Tire Centre, telling students how the campaign assisted the Rockland Help Centre foodbank, while encouraging students to develop empathy and commit to social change.  

Laberge was selected for her leadership with the school’s We Club, particularly her role guiding the We Scare Hunger announcement and assembly teams. This year’s campaign collected 460 non-perishables, and 130 bags of fresh fruit and vegetables. 

“I was very excited,” said Kenna of the honour. “I worked very hard for WE Club and was proud to have been chosen. It was a real confidence booster.” 

The campaign is held each fall to benefit the foodbank. Students split into four teams. An announcement team, led by Kenna, comes up with promotional announcements to energize kids about the food drive. A Poster Team creates colourful campaign posters to display around the school. The Assembly Team organizes a kick-off assembly for the campaign in which Kenna acts as co-emcee. At the end of the assembly the team plays “Turn It Up” and students do the WE Day dance together. A Collection Team, involving two students and school mascot Rocky, goes from class to class to collect donations. A Community Team makes connections with Ford, Giant Tiger and other organizations to assist the campaign. 

The 2018 campaign also partnered with Fresh from the Farm. RkPS families were asked to purchase bags of fresh vegetables and apples from the charity and donate them to the Food Bank. Through this partnership, another $600 was raised. About $300 was donated to assist Ottawa-area tornado victims, while the rest will help fund an outdoor classroom at RkPS. 

WE Day is a celebration of young people committed to making a difference through the WE Charity. This year’s event included motivational presentations by NBA all-time scoring leader Kareen Abdul-Jabbar, Shopify Chief Operating Officer Harley Finklestein, Algonquin Knowledge Keeper Claudette Commanda, Goodlife Fitness Founder and CEO David Patchell-Evans and four-time Olympian Silken Laumann.

For more information, please call: 

Mary-Lynn Wilcox
Rockland Public School
(613) 446-4552

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