the teachers believe it is important for children to learn about and participate in current events.
THUNDER BAY – Students across the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board participated in Blue and Yellow Day on Friday to show support for Ukraine during the invasion by Russia.
“Over the last week we’ve really been talking a lot about the news in Ukraine and the students have so much knowledge about it. It’s absolutely amazing,” said Donna Pelaia, Grade 2 teacher and organizer of the events at St. Paul School.
Students crafted paper sunflowers, the national flower of Ukraine, and decorated the school with them to show support for the Ukrainian people.
The school also held a raffle of various gift cards from local stores for the students, with the students and their families bringing in over $900, all of which will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross to help with humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.
“It probably means a lot to everybody, just like it means a lot to me because I’m glad that we’re able to support Ukraine,” said Madeline Barube, Grade 2 student.
Pelaia says that current events are extremely important for kids to learn about as it prepares them to be the next generation of leaders.
“If they can understand peace and how to live with other people, I think that they can bring it forward so that when they get to be adults, hopefully, they remember these moments, and they cherish them and then they can continue on being people that would help,” Pelaia said.