February 13, 2017
GUELPH, Ontario – Kortright Hills Public School is holding a ME to WE week of action from February 13 to February 17. The theme of the week is “be inspired.”
Each day of the week will feature an assembly about being kind and compassionate citizens who help others. The week kicked off with Canadian Olympian, Becky Kellar speaking to students about courage and the importance of never giving up on your dreams.
Kellar is an Ontario-born, three-time Olympic gold medallist. She was a member of the Canadian Women’s National hockey team from 1997 to 2010. During that time she won four world championship titles, among other titles. In 1998 at the Nagano Olympics, she was part of the team that won the silver medal in Canadian women’s hockey. During the 2002 and 2006 Olympics, along with her teammates, she brought home the gold medal. Her last Olympic Games were in 2010 in Vancouver. Kellar said that playing in Canada and winning a gold medal on home ice was an amazing feeling.
Kellar began her discussion with students by saying that one of the keys to success is believing you have potential and having the people in your life encourage your potential. She said that when she began playing hockey as a child, there were no professional women’s teams, but that her parents saw her passion and encouraged her to follow her dreams.
Further into her presentation, Kellar told students that one of the best pieces of advice she received was from her father, who told her to never stop trying and always give it 100%. Like many other athletes, some of the biggest inspiration for Kellar came from failure. She told students that failure is an opportunity to learn and to help grow and that practise and courage are keys to success.
Students were so engaged listening to Kellar speak and watching her videos. Students left the presentation inspired to never give up on their goals and dreams and to make sure that they see opportunity everywhere.
Kellar’s presentation kicks off a week of events scheduled at Kortright Hills PS. On February 14, the ME to WE Kids will be leading a Random Acts of Kindness assembly. On February 15, World Record holder Alan Mallory will be speaking to grade 4 to 8 students. Mallory holds the record for climbing Mount Everest. On February 16, ME to WE students will be leading an assembly where the whole school will participate in a vow of silence from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Finally on February 17, environmentalist Loretta Penny will be speaking to JK to grade 5 students about her journey up the Amazon River. She will then speak to grade 6 to 8 students about social justice and individuals who are making a difference in the world.
Just to make sure the message of inspiration is really felt throughout the school, all week students will be collecting donations for the food bank, gently used book donations for a local school and toonie donations for National Service Dogs. Students will also be selling lolligrams all week and will be donating all proceeds to KidsAbility.
All assemblies this week will be student-led and each will begin with every student singing the school song and will end with each student dancing to the WE Day song. It sounds like it will be a truly inspiring week at Kortright Hills PS.