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July 2017 marks Canada’s 150th birthday. Throughout the country, Canadians are coming together to promote Canada 150 in their community. In Durham Region, Trafalgar Castle School is thrilled to participate in a community project aimed at recognizing 150 individuals in the region who have made a positive impact on the community. Our girls will be a part of the project by meeting with these individuals to ask questions and share their stories.
To help our girls prepare, Ken Shaw of CTV News and Joe Millage from Participation House Durham Region visited the School to share their expertise. Ken asked the girls who their heroes were; responses included family members, friends, teachers and a host of singers, athletes and other people in the media. Then, Joe asked them why. Why is this person your hero? How did they get to where they are today? What did they have to do to achieve their goal? The girls were urged to look at the story from the beginning and examine the process of how their hero got to where they were today.
“It’s all about making the journey fun, and finding the hook and the why,” Ken explained. He urged the girls to find the emotional side of the story and to share the stories they write from a human perspective. “People don’t respond to numbers and statistics, they respond to people’s stories, their struggles, their successes, their tragedies and their happiness.”
The girls who have stepped forward to take part in the Canada 150 story-telling project in Durham Region are going to be part of something special in our community. Each of the 150 individuals chosen as heroes among us in Durham Region come from diverse backgrounds, various circumstances and many age groups, but they each have a story of heroism all of us should hear. We are excited to not only hear these stories, but hear them from the perspective of a Trafalgar girl.
*The 150 stories will be put into a commemorative book. Stay tuned to learn more about the stories and this amazing community project.
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Air pollution, transportation, de-forestation. All of these issues come to mind when thinking about issues that face Canada’s sustainability. Less commonly we think about education, volunteerism and happiness as problems that will affect the sustainability and livability of Canadians in 2067.
Several weeks ago, for their culminating project, Grade 9 girls in Mrs. Schindler’s Geography course were challenged to identify a problem facing Canada, research that problem, and present a solution to make Canada more sustainable and livable in 50 years.
“The project started out broad. This allowed the girls to find a topic that was truly of interest to them – many of whom thought outside of the box.” Mrs. Schindler explains. “After this the girls used integrative thinking and applied their research to present creative solutions to the problem through a specific lens.”
As the girls presented their problem on Macs, poster boards, and with prototypes of their products it became clear that each student took pride in her solution. These solutions included things like compostable tea for fertilization, implementing more green zones to plant trees, and solar panels on top of trucks for a more environmentally-friendly way to transport meat. Though the problems and solutions vastly differed, as each girl explained how she came to her solution one thing did become clear, sustainability and livability in Canada is important to the students at Trafalgar Castle School.
These Grade 9 Geography class students spent weeks researching, identifying parties affected by a problem, exploring possible solutions and ensuring their solution was one that would better the Canada we live in. Congratulations to all of the girls on these amazing final projects!