Two Local Schools To Receive Connected School Awards
Waterloo Region The Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council congratulates the recipients of the 2010 Connected School Awards in conjunction with the annual School Say Hi Day. Congratulations to this year’s recipients: Alpine Public School, Kitchener (WRDSB) and St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Elementary School, Cambridge (WCDSB).
An awards presentation will be made at each of these schools during an assembly in the coming weeks (date TBA). The schools will each receive an award including a $500.00 bursary to support student engagement activities at their school that will further the spirit of Say Hi Day. The winning schools were randomly selected from a total of 70 schools that pre-registered their Say Hi Day activities.
“Say Hi Day” was held last week (Fri. Sept. 24) at elementary and secondary schools throughout Waterloo Region. The message was simple: by getting to know each other and being more inclusive, students promote a greater sense of community within their school. A connected school is a safer school.
Alpine Public School incorporated Say Hi Day activities into their Terry Fox Fun Run and Activity Day, saying hi to those in their school community and invited children’s entertainer Erick Traplin to join them with a performance of his song “Hi”.
St. Margaret of Scotland promoted Say Hi Day with morning announcements, an assembly, acknowledgement of all the languages represented in the school, various waves with students and handed out certificates for “Positive Spirit.”
The Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council (WRCPC) has partnered for four consecutive years with the Waterloo Region District School Board and the Waterloo Catholic District School Board to bring the Say Hi Campaign into the school community. Schools across the region have planned a variety of activities to bring students together and create a stronger sense of community within the schools. .
A 2009 Statistics Canada Research Paper (Self-reported Violent Delinquency and the Influence of School, Neighbourhood and Student Characteristics) indicates that “students chances of committing violent delinquency were reduced if they attended a school where students perceived high levels of student commitment, teacher engagement with students and available activities.”
The CPC launched a community-wide Say Hi campaign in 2004 and modified the campaign creative (poster and bookmarks) in 2007, to feature the smiling faces of 24 local school children, in an effort to translate the Say Hi message into a school context while also addressing themes of inclusion, student engagement, diversity and understanding within a school community.