June 06, 2014 - 10:59 AM
WEST KELOWNA – Students in West Kelowna will be treated to a special presentation Friday as a reward for their help in getting a school built in Kenya.
Mt. Boucherie Secondary will host the final performance of the Spencer West “We Create Change” tour. The tour includes a presentation by humanitarian Spencer West, a performance by the band Neverest as well as a speech by 9-year-old activist Hannah Alper.
The tour has been making stops across Canada for the past 10 weeks, but the West Kelowna secondary school was chosen as the last stop thanks largely to the impressive fundraising efforts by students since January.
Irene Maier is the student leadership department head at MBSS and one of the organizers of the event.
“We decided as a group that we wanted to raise enough money to build a school in Kenya within the school year,” she says. “Last year, eight grade 11 students went to Kenya and helped build a school and they were really inspired by that so they spearheaded the campaign and the various events we’ve done throughout the year.”
Although MBSS was chosen, students decided to invite other schools to the Friday afternoon performance as well.
“Our kids are really excited about it and they wanted to have other schools be a part of that excitement,” Maier says. “We’re very fortunate at Mt. Boucherie that we have very compassionate and caring students. They do a lot of fundraisers for the food bank and projects for homelessness awareness and those types of things. They are very aware of both local and global issues.”
Earlier this week the students reached their fundraising goal of $10,000 but they’re not done yet.
They are holding a talent show next Tuesday where winning acts will be included in the Summer Music in the Park program in West Kelowna with proceeds donated to help other students overseas.
The talent show is sponsored by District of West Kelowna and Creative Okanagan and is open to the public. It will feature 14 performances by MBSS students.
“They didn’t expect to be rewarded for their work but when they heard that Spencer West was coming they felt really validated,” Maier says. “And they deserve it.”
The presentation starts Friday at 12:45 at MBSS.
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