Namesake of CKSS to Kick Off the Year

Mariyam Usmani
Staff Writer

On a bright Monday, September 15th, a dimly lit gym of students listened in awe to the passion Craig Kielburger brought to his school when he spoke to the students of the new 2014-2015 year. Visuals of a village dancing and the prospect of a beautiful community stuck in staff and students’ minds even as they left the gym to continue their days. Craig’s inspiring message ‘awoke’ individual spirits, despite the usual groaning desire to have slept in a few more hours.

Students of Youth in Action walked away with grins on their faces, glowing and determined to work harder in the school group to aid initiatives in their community and the world. Youth in Action, a global initiative club, works to encourage youth idealism inspired by events like We Day, and charities such as Free the Children, created and led by Craig Kielburger. “I liked when Craig spoke of friendship and inclusion as big parts of leadership this year,” said Amna Usmani, a member of Youth in Action, “I think it’s a great part of change and high school.”

The gym of more than 1250 Mariyam_metowe_I1_E4_P2students and teachers laughed with Craig when he spoke of the mutual dislike of alarms in the mornings. He spoke of how we all groaned waking up and shutting our alarms in the morning, but also that we forget how lucky we are to do that and have an education. Chris Tse, a member of Free the Children, read a vivid poem called “Wake Up!” which showcased problems in our world community today, and the need to wipe out incessant apathy. Craig also shared a story about his recent travels with the CKSS community. He spoke of how it started to rain when they were building a school in a village, and his team started to seek shelter. In the opposite direction, the village began to dance and hold children up to the rain. He expressed wonder at how rain was seen as such a big miracle. It inspired everyone to question how happy someone would need to be to dance in the rain.

By the end of the day, a large part of the CK community was lively and enthusiastic, ready to contribute to leadership in the school.
Interested in being a bigger part of such a great youth movement? Youth in Action meets every Tuesday after school in room 224.  Come be the change!

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