On February 15, 2012, the Grade Threes brought the ENTIRE school together for a SPIRIT day! “What is THAT?” you might be asking yourselves. Well … Spirit Days can be a LOT of different things. For example, our Terry Fox Run, every September, is a special day where we celebrate the life of Terry Fox, and help him to continue to raise money for cancer research! Spirit Days are celebrations that bring the WHOLE school together to participate in SPECIAL events!
We called our Spirit Day “True Colours for Q’enqo” and asked everyone in the school to wear their HAWK colours, and to donate a toonie, or MORE, to help us with our Global Citizenship Initiative to build a library in Q’enqo, Peru. Our school is divided into four different colour groups. These colours are red, orange, yellow and green.
For a whole ENTIRE week BEFORE our Spirit Day, the Grade Threes in our CLASSROOM did announcements over the intercom. We did this to get the whole school READY for our SPIRIT day. Our announcements told everyone about the amazing information we are learning about Q’enqo … and we even shared lots of great details about HOW the work on the library is PROGRESSING! For example, we talked about how HARD Ashli and the volunteers, in Peru, were working just to sand the WALLS, replace eighty broken window panes and a great big HOLE in the floor … that building is in pretty BAD shape! We thought it was IMPORTANT to SHARE our knowledge with the rest of the school.
Some of the Grade Threes got BUTTERFLIES in their stomachs at the thought of talking in front of the whole school, even though it was only into the P. A. system in the office WITHOUT a big audience! It was a little scary because this was a FIRST time for some of us doing an announcement like that! SOME people were the exact OPPOSITE!!! Butterflies in our stomachs?!? NO! It was more like … EXCITEMENT … because some of us LOVE to speak in front of BIG groups … even audiences of 700 PEOPLE!
The morning of our Spirit Day Fund-raiser, when everyone arrived in the classroom, and hung up their coats and backpacks … the room became a FOUNTAIN of COLOUR! There was red, and orange, green and yellow EVERYWHERE we looked! THAT was just in our CLASSROOM! IMAGINE what it looked like when we all arrived in the GYM for our Spirit Day Assembly … and EVERYONE was in their HAWK colours! WOW! WHAT a sight!
At the assembly, Grade Threes shared a MAGNIFICENT video that Ms. Emann made to show EVERYONE where Q’enqo, Peru is on Google Earth, and many, MANY pictures of our library project. We all felt SO proud of all the work we are doing … but … we also felt SO grateful to our school mates because they helped US to make a difference on this spirit day!
You should have seen the MONEY that classrooms donated during this special event to help us with our work on the library. Every time we turned AROUND, there was MORE money being delivered to our room to help a country across the globe! We felt GIDDY every time another classroom dropped off their donations! And, we frequently heard the jingling of coins as another excited student arrived with a bag FULL of money!
We decided that we needed to COUNT all that cash … to share a rough amount during the assembly. So … picture it … we DUMPED the bags of money into a BIG pile onto the carpet. We worked in THREE groups to come up with an amount. We quickly discovered that counting money is really easy if you sort it by the bills, then put all the toonies together into a group, and do the same with the loonies, quarters, dimes, nickels and PENNIES! Our classroom sounded like the Royal Canadian MINT … or MAYBE even the Bank of Montreal!!! (Also known as BMO!)
Each group’s amount was written on the whiteboard. We had to add THESE three 3-digit numbers up. You should have SEEN us. Some students could even do this in their HEADS! How do they DO that?!? Some of us added the numbers in columns on scrap paper.
Others even tried to count on their FINGERS … and kept on asking … “Can I borrow your TOES?!?”
Five or six of us even got out the Place Value blocks … and worked it out with hundreds, tens, and ones. Man! It was like MEGA math for the BRAIN! Just when we thought the money had all been added up … there would be MORE delivered to the door!
Altogether … do you know what our HAWKS managed to RAISE, by wearing their team colours and coming together for Q’enqo? Over $1 200.00! Wow! That’s AMAZING! Do you know what is even MORE amazing? Our class is SO passionate about it … that we raise over 200 dollars of this all by ourselves!
We really discovered that “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an OCEAN!” Ryunosuke Satoro was SURE right when he said that!
(Written by Alexia, Ava, Brenden, Eric, Julia, Kaylee, Natasha, Sophie G., and Rijul … with a little help from Mrs. Renton!)
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