GDHS kids have a social conscience

The students at GDHS have been learning more about how to prevent   Violence Against Women. Sarah Scanlon from the Sexual Assault Centre of London has made two visits to speak to the grades 11 and 12 Health classes. She addressed students on the issue of violence in the media and the use of language to degrade women and men. Sarah will return on December 9th to provide students with practical strategies on how to prevent violence from occurring or escalating.

Several students attended the Girl Conference at the Ramada Inn on November 25th. This conference which was run by the White Tiger Association whose mandate it is to empower young women to recognize and prevent violence.

The Social Justice League has several events planned to educate GDHS students on this topic.

First, they have begun the homeroom challenge which runs from November 17th – December 10th. Boxes were delivered to homerooms last Friday. Their goal is to collect a car load of toiletries to donate to the Women’s Rural resource Centre in Strathroy before Christmas. This will be the third year running this challenge and GDHS donations are always appreciated! The winning homeroom wins a CAKE! On Friday we had a guest speaker come to talk about her experiences with abuse, her drug addiction, and how she broke the cycle. She was a very honest and brave individual and we are hoping that students benefited from hearing her story.

On Monday, December 6th there will be a buyout for a screening of POLYTECHNIQUE, a film describing the events in Montreal on December 6th, 1989.  All of the money collected from students who buyout will be donated to the Women’s Rural Resource Centre. December 6th will also be a “wear WHITE day” in memory of those who died on December 6th, 1989 and women around the globe who are affected by violence.

HIV/AIDS awareness week will be the week of December 1st.  Activities held this weeks are designed to encourage students to make smart choices to protect themselves. From November 29th – December 3rd Social Justice League members will be covering classroom doors with GIANT red pieces of paper that display facts about HIV/AIDS. Red day will be December 1st and students will be asked to wear read as a symbol of their commitment to working towards ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Jane Bowley

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