This week has been full of exciting activities, and four of the school’s ‘world changers’ travelled to Toronto for We Day with Ms. Bauer. Rebecca Dawson, Emily Hnatyshen, Victoria MacDonald and myself were honoured guests at this exciting event. On the way to Toronto, the girls talked about ideas for events that could be held in their school to help fundraise and raise awareness of Share Go Green’s Brick to Brick Campaign to finish building a school in Haiti.
At We Day, the girls got to see great presentations by Craig and Marc Kielburger, Nina Dobrev, Magic Johnson, Tonika Morgan, Henry Winkler, Pinball Clemens, and so many other amazing young heroes. They also got to see musical performances by Hozier, Nick Jonas, Carly Rae Jepsen, Shawn Mendes, the Toronto Youth Symphony Orchestra and Francesco Yates. Emily Hnatyshen said, “Me to We Day was inspirational. I’ve learnt that though we may face many obstacles in our endeavors, there is nothing we cannot overcome when we are truly passionate.” The girls were inspired to start thinking even more about the things they can do in their communities and globally to make a difference.
While at We Day, Rebecca Dawson, Emily Hnatyshen, Victoria MacDonald and I learned about the Zinc Saves Lives campaign. MSS is going to collect as many batteries as possible from the Manitoulin community and recycle them. Did you know that the amount of zinc in one AA battery can save the lives of six children? A company called Teck has partnered with Call2Recycle to help keep batteries out of landfills. For every battery recycled, Teck will donate the value of zinc it contains to UNICEF in support of our Zinc and Health partnership. We are calling our event Battery Drives to Save Lives. Community members and students can bring their batteries to the main office in the school. By bringing in our used batteries we have the power to save so many lives.
The senior boys’ volleyball team went to their second tournament on Friday. Their first tournament was hard, and they played great games. Both junior and senior boys’ volleyball teams will be playing at MSS on Wednesday when they host a tournament. Students have volunteered to be linesmen and all the students in class will be supporting their teams in spirit.
There was a packed preliminary meeting for this year’s school musical ‘Once Upon A Mattress.’ Ms. Zahnow came to see how things were going and maybe to find out what her cameo will be. Auditions started Monday, and will continue for two weeks. Students have to sing a song of their choosing, prepare a monologue, and learn a short dance sequence. There is already huge excitement over this year’s show, scheduled for February 11-13, 2016.
Vocal Group has been started, and there are a few new students who came to join the music this year. When I walked into the music room I was greeted by a beautiful warm up to ‘Do Ray Mi’ from the Sound of Music.
The Magazine Drive is off to a great start. Becky MacDonald sold the most magazines on the first weekend, and there have been lots of students wandering into the guidance office to hand in their forms and pick up new ones.
The students and staff of MSS are looking forward to an activity-filled October, with the Battery Drive, cross country team, golf team, Reach for the Top, boys’ volleyball, and girls’ basketball. School spirit is thriving in the halls. ‘Til next time, stay golden, Mustangs.