Together We Create Change (May 6)

Today some other students and I went to a conference called Together We Create Change, organized by the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. We were displaying the model we made over the time we spent with No.9, our concept of what the land near Liuna Station should look like integrating sustainable features into the landscape. The layout of the room was such that you didn’t make a presentation, but students would come up to your display and ask you questions about our model.

Before any of that happened, we gathered in the middle of the banquet hall to hear the keynote speaker Molly Burke, who went fully blind in the 8th Grade. Her story was very compelling to everyone in the conference hall. She spoke of her hardships being bullied because of her disability, and going through a depression because of it.

By the end of the speech, however, Molly had explained that she decided to create change in the world after feeling a piece of jewelry that spelled out hope. She would go on to go to Africa, work with Craig Kielburger (the founder of Free the Children) and accomplish many other things in her life. She left with a message to the audience that she lives by: Live, Learn, Pass It On.

Throughout the remainder of the conference, we visited other displays and asked questions the same as those displays asked us questions. Many schools represented had great ideas and had taken action on issues in today’s world. We also were encouraged to take part in many different interactive activities related to the concept of creating change in our world. By the end of the day, everyone had learned that it is possible to create change.

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‘Together We Create Change’ Event

Six students from Class 87 and 76 attended an HWDSB event at Carmen’s Banquet Centre called “Together We Create Change” to showcase our model of the Liuna Station area built for the Imagine My Sustainable City project. The purpose of this event was to learn the many ways that any single person can create change. As well as presenting our contribution, we were given the opportunity to view many other schools’ contributions, including Ancaster Meadows’ “Live Life, Be Positive” and Mount Albion’s own Imagine My Sustainable City project..

However, before displaying our project, we listened to a keynote speaker, Molly Burke, who gave an inspirational speech about her eye disease, retinitis pigmentosa, which causes severe vision impairment. When she lost her vision at a young age, she experienced social isolation, as her friends quickly became her bullies. She soon went through a stage of depression. However, she found out that she was missing one thing: Hope. With this knowledge, Molly was able to find the hope she needed, and discovered that sharing your own story with others benefits both the storyteller as well as the audience, leaving the stage with an inspirational and motivational quote: “Live, Learn, Pass it on.

When visiting other displays, we were encouraged to ask questions and fill out a booklet describing what was learned and how it connects to us. We also participated in many hands-on activities such as creating origami and wooden tiles that would come together to create a single collage.

After this event, all six of us leaved the banquet hall with new knowledge of how easy it is to create change and that even the smallest of actions can produce a big change.

Social Justice and Environmental Initiatives Event (May 6th)

Today, 6 students attended the Social Justice and Environmental Initiatives Event.

We went to Carmen’s Banquet Centre to represent our classes with our Sustainable Architecture Model and display. Many other schools had set up their displays that followed a theme of “Creating Change”, such as charity campaigns, fixing global issues, environmental issues, and local issues.

First, the keynote speaker, Molly Burke, spoke about her story. She was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa at a very young age, which lead to her losing her sight. However, her vision wasn’t the only thing that she lost; Molly lost her hope, happiness, and friends. She was bullied, she lost her dignity, and felt despairing and useless. Then, after a scientist who had discovered Molly’s interest in fashion allowed her to trace her necklace in eighth grade, Molly realized what she had lost: H-O-P-E, the letters on the scientist’s jewelry.

Slowly, Molly started finding hope in helping and sharing her story with others. Finally, she became a motivational speaker to share the messages, “Find your hope, never underestimate the power you have.” and “Little actions can make big differences; Live, Learn, Pass it On.”, which fit with the event’s theme of “Creating Change”.

After this speech, half of the students stayed at their displays to share their ideas and answer questions while the other half explored the displays and interacted to learn about other issues that were being addressed by other schools. Each of us visited and interacted with at least 6 displays and took part in collaborative activities such as colouring tiles or making paper cranes.

This event allowed us to share our ideas about our model and sustainable architecture, and learn about what other students in the area think about issues that concern them. By sharing opinions and stories much like how Molly did, and interacting with other students, we’ve all learned more about creating change in our lives, and the world as well.

Urgent Notice – Blog Editors

Once again, this blog is in dire need of those willing to make daily posts for the blog. If you are interested in helping out, please do leave a comment in the comment section. Remember, running the blog will be taken note of, and will most likely raise your learning skills marks, if that serves as any kind of incentive. Thanks!

Notice – Blog Editor Shifts

Lately, the editors on this blog have been chosen as the weeks pass along, making this process quite chaotic. Therefore, I would appreciate if you could leave a comment below if you are interested in writing posts on a weekly basis as usually. This way, I can once again organize those would like to work on the blog into an orderly schedule. Thanks!

Resignation

As of September 28, 2014, I am resigning as the main editor of this blog. Instead, several of my classmates will begin weekly shifts writing posts on this blog. Although one of the intentions of this decision was to lift some weight off my shoulders, another reason was so that I could spice up the blog with writing from somebody else, instead of having to read my style of blog writing all the time. I will remain on the blog as the administrator, making sure everything is going well, but I will be seldom writing blog posts in the future. That’s all from me!

The Beginnings

Welcome to our class’s new blog!

Now, why did I start this blog? Several reasons for that matter. Back in June, the Governor gave me the idea of starting a blog for our class. One of the main reasons was for this to essentially become our online agenda, which would consist of what homework we had, or if we had any, the important dates ahead of us. A smaller reason, which was also sparked by the conversation I had with the Governor, is for this to become a site of sharing. Now what that means is, say you had a tutorial you wanted to share with your classmates, be it a text, presentation, or video. Well, with this blog, you could upload said tutorial and share it with your peers! Finally, I’d like to touch on how this blog will work. I am currently the only admin on this blog, but I would certainly like to share this privilege with other classmates, if they want to and are suitable for the job (no spammers!). We could either have multiple students running this website, or we could have a different admin every month. That, however, is still yet to be decided. Anyways, thank you for reading this post and I hope you enjoy what is soon to come!