Sudbury Catholic District School Board
June 06, 2022

Grades 5-6 Students Learn About Social Justice in A New Club Formed by Cambrian College Students!

Social Justice students from Cambrian College created and coordinated a program called Stand Up for Social Justice. This program brought their passion and knowledge on the subject of social justice to our students by creating awareness and discussions in the hopes of inspiring change. The Stand Up for Social Justice program provided our students with the tools to start their own social change conversation by engaging in interactive and educational activities and discussions. The Stand Up for Social Justice program was delivered as an after school virtual club for grades 5 & 6 students.  

In the workshops, students were presented with social justice concepts and answered questions about the possibilities of potential career paths through college education. 

Sessions included: 

Food Insecurity: Using a variety of activities, students developed a basic understanding of how food affects our day-to-day lives (i.e. our physical, emotional and mental health as well as our development).  In addition, students learned why nutritious meals are important and the benefits of homemade vs store-bought/take-out.  Finally, our students had the opportunity to use their math and problem solving skills while working with a budget.  

Social Movements: Using a variety of activities, students learned about the history behind significant social movements and their impact on our communities. Students  worked on their own social justice poster and these posters served as a reminder that their voices can be powerful vehicles for change. 

Love Mother Earth: Using a variety of activities, students learned their power to help and connect with the Earth. Students created their own project that aligns with the 3 R’s (Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose). These projects were transferred to the Earth during planting season and students were reminded of their missions to give back to our mother Earth. 

Grade 5, St. David student Wynter stated that, “Through this program, I learned to really use my voice to say something about issues; and that it’s important to speak up. The meetings were a safe space for me.  I felt comfortable to share whatever I was feeling.”

Wynters mother said, “I was so pleased when my daughter first came home with the Social Justice flyer.  She told me she wanted to join, and that I had to sign her up right away!  I thought it was a great opportunity for her to make new connections, and possibly a new friend.  It was a nice way for her to meet students from other schools who share some of her values. The program also gave my daughter two gifts: commitment and responsibility.  As a parent, I felt a sense of pride.  Thank you for that.”

Our students enjoyed their sessions and we would like to thank Cambrian College for their continued partnership and look forward to working together next academic year.

Pictured is Wynter with her Love Mother Earth Activity and Cambrian College Swag Bag.

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