May 8, 2017

Erin Mills to celebrate We Day, raise awareness with community BBQ

​Erin Mills Middle School will showcase Mini We Day on May 12. We Charity, formerly known as Free the Children, is a worldwide development charity and youth empowerment movement founded in 1995 by human rights advocates Craig Kielburger and his brother Marc Kielburger.

Erin Mills Me to We has been raising awareness about issues such as poverty, homelessness, human rights and environmental responsibility for the past four years.

The day will be filled with guest speakers who will raise awareness of different issues we face around the world and within the Greater Toronto Area.

Throughout the morning, students will hear from Our Place Peel, a youth homeless shelter, the Eden Food Bank, Wellington Water Watches, the Peel Aboriginal Network and the Erindale Free2Be GSA.

Spencer West, special guest from We Charity, will be the keynote speaker at 10:15 a.m. He will share his story about redefining possibilities with students.

Additionally, the school has partnered with Erinwood Ford for a fundraiser, Drive4We. Parents and community members are invited to come and test drive a Ford vehicle at the Erin Mills Middle School and Ford will donate $20 to We on their behalf.

From 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., there will be a BBQ from M&M's featuring hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs and pop. There will also be a Me to We store where students can buy baked goods, popcorn, freezies, Rafiki bracelets and Erin Mills stainless steel water bottles.

The Erindale Secondary School Sears Drama Group will present to grades seven and eight at 1:30 p.m.

Community members are asked to sign at the office and receive a visitor's badge before proceeding to any of the morning presentations.

All proceeds will go to the school's Water for Haiti initiative.

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