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October 2, 2012

Calderstone students learn about global water issues, need for conservation

On Oct. 9, students at Calderstone Middle School will hear from a team of speakers from Free the Children about global water issues, and the role water plays in our daily lives, internationally and at home. The event which is called H20 4U, includes an hour presentation for all students, and an interactive workshop for 20 student leaders at the school.

“Through a continuous focus on character development, our school has a climate where our students are taught to care and empathize with others less fortunate than themselves,” says Harjit Aujla, principal at Calderstone. “This, coupled with their philanthropic outlook on life of always wanting to give back to their local and global communities, has resulted in many successful initiatives and activities at our school. We’re very grateful that the Free the Children team are able to come to our school and inspire our students to continue to make a positive difference in the world.”

The event will teach students ways they can conserve and protect water, as well as engage them to support clean water projects overseas. Just last year Calderstone staff, students and parents raised $8,500.00 to build a one room school house in Kenya. This year the school is hoping to raise enough funds to support the development of a well in India.

Members of the Calderstone staff involved with the school’s Me 2 We Club have co-ordinated the event. “The club promotes social activism in students by exploring social issues such as poverty and hunger, child labour, access to education, income equality, aboriginal and gender issues among others,” says club organizer Kicia Abdur-Rashid.  Students undertake local and global initiatives to try to connect some of these social issues.

Free the Children is an international charity and youth movement founded in 1995 by children’s rights advocate Craig Kielburger. The organization is largely youth-funded, based on the concept of "children helping children".

Calderstone Middle School is located at 160 Calderstone Rd. in Brampton. The event will begin at 9 a.m. in the gymnasium.

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Media contact: Harjit Aujla, Principal, Calderstone Middle School, 905-913-1162,
harjit.aujla@peelsb.com

Reference: Scott LaMantia, School Communications Specialist (acting), 905-890-1010, ext. 2098,
scott.lamantia@peelsb.com

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