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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Me to We

Me to We is a new kind of social enterprise for people who want to help change the world with their daily choices.
 
Free The Children founders Craig and Marc Kielburger believe that creating true global change means empowering young people in North America to be active leaders in making this change come about. They achieve this goal by showing people how their everyday choices and actions can and do have an impact on our global community.

Me to We - Current school year at Blessed Sacrament
A group of 13 students, Ms. Quinn and Mrs. Cerre attended the "2010 Me Day" at Air Canada Centre on Thursday September 30, 2010. The event kicked off a year-long program for change, called We Schools in Action, inspiring a generation to care about social justice and to take action on local and international issues.
 
On October 29, 2010, the Me to We team participated in the Free the Children's Halloween for Hunger Campaign and asked all students to bring in food for the North York Harvest Food Bank in return for wearing their costume to school on October 29th.
 
Stay tuned for more initiatives from the Me to We group!
 
On February 14, 2011, the Me to We team sponsored the annual Snowball Dance fundraiser and raised net proceeds of $4,841.28!
 
History of Me to We at Blessed Sacrament
The Blessed Sacrament Me to We team was organized during the 2007-2008 school year and attended the first National Me to We Day conference in October 2007. The goal of the annual conference is to motivate youth to raise awareness and funds for schoolbuilding, clean water wells, health care and alternative income programs in the developing world in the effort to help create global equality and end poverty.
 
They were asked to focus on the U.N. Millennium Goals and chose to focus their efforts on children's education. To accomplish this goal, they achieved the following:
  • sponsored the Snowball Dance-a-thon for St. Gaspar's
  • created the "Knit One for me Purl Two for You" club and made blankets for children at the Village of Hope AIDS orphanage in Dodoma Tanzania.
 
During the 2009-2010 school year
The Me to We team continues to raise awareness and funds for the developing world:
  • October 17, 2008: a group of 12 grade 7 and 8 students along with 2 dedicated teachers attended the 2nd annual National Me To We Day conference at the Ricoh Coliseum; they joined 8,000 other students from across Canada.
  • The team met with Bob Fukumoto, Director of The Romania Project which is a ministry of International Teams Canada. This charitable organization supports orphans in the region of Cluj, Romania, and helps build relationships and meets physical and emotional needs through ministry team retreats, dental clinics, summer camps, and team mentors.
  • December 2008: the team organized the Thanksgiving Food Drive and donated several boxes of food items to the Good Shepherd Food Bank.
  • February 2009: Knit One for me Purl Two for You club; each child completed two knitting projects, one of which went The Romania Project.
  • February 12, 2009: the annual Snow Ball Dance-a-thon was held and the funds raised were donated in support of St. Gaspar's Primary School in Dodoma, Tanzania East Africa.
  • February 2009: Valentine candy grams are being sold to support The Romania Project. The funds raised will be used to purchase firewood for the Romanian orphanages.
  • February 2010: Knit One for me Purl Two for You club; each child completed two knitting projects, one of which went to an orphanage in Africa.
  • February 12, 2009: the annual Snow Ball Dance-a-thon was held and the funds raised were donated to the relief efforts in Haiti.
 
The Me to We meets a few times monthly and continues to plan activities for the school year.
  
Thank you to the ME TO WE team
for making a difference!