World Water Day At Louis Riel School
On World Water Day, there were only two water fountains in operation. All other water fountains were covered up with garbage bags. This meant that for both students and staff to get water from the fountains, they would have to walk further than they normally would have to. This action of having to walk further to a water fountain simulated what many communities must do daily to access clean water. Teachers were encouraged to use this activity as a platform for classroom discussions around World Water Day, the world water crisis and equality.
With my own grade 7 classes, we discussed how the water crisis impacts communities in our own country. As an entire school community, Louis Riel Elementary and Junior High worked together to demonstrate a high standard of global and local citizenship on World Water Day this year.
Teri Ryan is an avid rock climber and climbing instructor. She teaches Humanities 7 and Physical Education at Louis Riel School.