World Health Day
On Thursday April 7, 2016 FDR celebrated World Health Day and this year the focus set by the World Health Organisation was "Beat Diabetes". Key action to beat diabetes is a healthy diet, regularly exercise and avoiding obesity. Students in elementary and middle school were encouraged to bring a healthy lunch to school to share with a friends with a lunch time picnic. The elementary Green Team students held a flashmob to reward students that were seen eating healthy lunches. MS students had an active lunch time with music, jump rope, hula hoops and slack lines. HS students were informed of the dangers of sugary diets with a talk during assembly, including a clip from the documentary "Fed Up". The documentary also featured as the Global Cafe movie of the month.
Wellness week was a whole school initiative held within the last week of September which worked to bring awareness to how we could become a healthier community. This corresponded with the National Honor Society Student Group "Pink Week" that works to bring awareness to Cancer. Events in the course of the week included; A Terry Fox run in Primary School, Fundraising for the Terry Fox Foundation School Wide, Playing for the Cure, Comedy for the Cure, A Guest Speaker for HS on Resilience & Mindfulness, Middle School Yoga Sessions and healthy snacks, and a community screening of the documentary, "Forks Over Knives".
International Women's Day Events
Since 2014 FDR has formally recognized International Women's Day School Wide. This year events included guest speakers from Visionaria Peru for Gr. 6-12 and a representative from Kantaya for Gr. 4. Fundraising for Visionaria through an out-of-uniform day with community members expressing unity on this issue by wearing purple (see picture above) brought in sufficient funds for five scholarships for young indigenous women in the Cusco region. These scholarships will provide leadership training to complete community projects for sustainability. Two film screenings of the documentaries, "Miss Representation" and "The Mask You Live In" also occurred.
No Resource Day (EARTH HOUR + UN World Water Day)
Earth Hour Day - The WWF describes the Earth Hour event as the largest collaborative environmental initiative on Earth. This event too has been growing at FDR since 2011. Successes have included that the event now runs from Gr. 1-12 with over 1200+ students and teachers involved in activities to make them more mindful of their resource consumption. We include an "Unplugged/Acoustics" Event and gather round musicians who sing and play instruments without any power but their own. When one naysayer claimed that turning off our lights for one day would have no impact we set up an experiment with hired equipment to measure the electricity consumption in a normal day of electricity use versus the consumption on Earth Hour day and reported the significant savings made via this info-graphic.
FDR Earth Day
Earth Day Carousel - Each April 22 an Earth Day carousel of activities is organized for students. Since 2010 when GCP began the organization of this event the scope and scale of the event has grown. Most recently for example the English Department for Gr. 8 initiated a project where teams of Gr. 8 students have prepared Earth Day workshops that they provide to Gr. 1-3 students. With this recent addition we now provide workshops to over 1000 students from Gr. 1-12. Students select the workshop they will attend from the dozens of choices available. Workshops are organized to include something for everyone from an outdoor, highly active game which teaches predator-prey ecological concepts to middle school students to special guest speaker events from reps from the InterAmerican Development Bank, to a preview of the documentary, "Wasteland" to a special workshop on the importance of battling apathy for the students who fail to exercise their opportunity to choose a workshop for themselves be the deadlines listed. Truly a learning experience for everyone!