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Local students take part in We Day

Students from the Quad Counties and across the province are headed to Halifax for We Day Atlantic Thursday.

Chuck Boudreau, the We Day coordinator for the Strait Regional School Board, says about 375 students will attend, along with staff members and chaperones.

He says everyone understands the benefit of attending the event with guest speakers and well-known artists, because it's an inspirational day for students, and gives them a new sense of motivation to work on initiatives in their community and beyond.

Boudreau tells The Hawk hard work gets students to the event.

"You can't buy a ticket to We Day- students have to earn their way," he says. "They earn it through working on their local and global goals, usually throughout the previous year; by the time We Day rolls around in our area, it's November, so they've already started working on a number of other initiatives."

Boudreau says work with food banks and Pink Shirt Day are some of their initiatives.

He says students have been working hard to get to the event.

"There are lots of children's rights and youth initiatives that schools are taking on- it kind of varies," he says. "There's lots of local goals- those would be numerous- (and) each school usually takes on about one global goal a year."

Boudreau says there would be pages of initiatives students within the board have taken on, including food bank support and work with the Food 4 Children Society, along with broader goals.

Photo credit: We Day Atlantic 2016 (www.We.org)

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