Robert W. Zahara Public School shared a piece of the limelight at yesterday’s Mighty Peace Day event in Grande Prairie when Assistant Principal Stacy Rorem and the school’s We Club joined others on stage during the Community Builders Program announcement – an initiative to support a village in India.
R. W. Zahara’s involvement in this initiative goes back to Mighty Peace Day 2013 when students formed a We Club and set a goal to raise $10,000 to build a school in India.
“During the bus ride back to the school following the 2013 event, the students announced that they wanted to do good things and make a difference,” says Ms. Rorem. “As a teacher, I was very excited by the movement I saw happening right in front of me.”
“Everything came together perfectly,” she adds. “We received word that we would be getting a new replacement R. W. Zahara Public School, Free the Children challenged schools to fundraise during their Year of Education, and our students became inspired by the message of Mighty Peace Day. The decision to fundraise to build a school in India seemed like a natural fit.”
“Our very first fundraiser was a ‘Taco in a Bag’ sale which resulted in $760 in sales during a single lunch break. At that point, we all began to realize that $10,000 was very achievable,” adds Ms. Rorem.
Additional fundraisers included candy grams, sock hops, and a student-run booth at the Town of Sexsmith’s Chautauqua Day event. Local businesses also made donations.
“The plan was to raise the money by the time our replacement school opened, and to announce the accomplishment during our grand opening event,” adds Ms. Rorem. “To our surprise and delight, the funds came in quickly and our achievement became part of the Community Builders Program announcement during this year’s Mighty Peace Day event.”
All Grade 6 students at R. W. Zahara attended this year’s Mighty Peace Day event in Grande Prairie. The criteria for students to attend included volunteering for one local and one global event. Locally, students volunteered at the Terry Fox Run, the school’s Leadership Team, Coats for Kids, 4-H and minor hockey. The global requirement was achieved through the fundraising activities for the school in India.
R. W. Zahara’s We Club, made up of 25 students, will announce the achievement to the student body during an assembly today, Wednesday, February 11 at 2:30 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium. Local media are invited to attend this event.
Photo Caption: Assistant Principal Stacy Rorem and students from Robert W. Zahara Public School joined Craig Kielburger on stage to announce their success in raising $10,000 to build a school in India. The school began fundraising following the Mighty Peace Day 2013 event.
More photos from this event are available on PWSD's Facebook page.