Free the Children is an international charity and educational partner, working both domestically and internationally to empower and enable youth to become agents of change. In affiliation with this organization, Canyon Lister Elementary School has a group of students that belong to ‘Be the Change’. This group of students are committed to creating positive change on a school, community and global level. They regularly participate in projects through Free the Children including; We Scare Hunger, Adopt a Village, We Are Silent, We Stand Together.

These programs focus on educating our students about the challenges facing children; poverty, hunger, clean water, environmental issues, housing, school construction in developing countries, freedom. In turn, our students then focus on becoming active and how to becoming a part of the solution.

Since 2012, our students have gathered non-perishable food items for our local food bank, gathered new children’s mittens and donated them to our local crisis shelter, raised funds to build a well in Burma as well as a school in India. In 2013, a group of students were invited to attend We Day in Calgary, Alberta. There they listened to the inspirational stories and music of Nikkole Heavy Shields, Martin Luther King III, Nelly Furtado and Spencer West (to name a few!). In 2015 our efforts have focused on supporting a local family that have recently moved here from Burma as refugees. Building relationships focused on kindness and respect is what it is all about! Children that understand the world is about so much more than just ourselves, are future adults that will understand that our actions impact the world as a whole! Thoughtful, caring, educated actions create a thoughtful, caring, educated world!

…..BE THE CHANGE you wish to see ……. Ghandi