Stephen Leacock PS “climbs” Kilimanjaro


Canadian climbers on WaterCan’s Kilimanjaro Climb for Life display the Water Wishes banner


A class in Tanzania skypes with students at Stephen Leacock PS

Through a cross-curricular approach that focussed on global water resource issues, the students and staff at Stephen Leacock PS began a series of classroom activities that evolved into an international project. As part of the initiative, representatives from Engineers without Borders spoke to a science class and the art classes created a water-themed art gallery.

With the support of WaterCan, the Canadian non-profit organization that promotes clean water and basic sanitation, teachers Devinder Trehan and Gaynor Kondric inspired students to create a “Water Wishes” banner which was unfurled at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro by 22 Canadian climbers, including CTV personality and WaterCan Ambassador Ben Mulroney, who participated in Watercan’s recent “Kilimanjaro Climb for Life.”

On October 15, in collaboration with Technology Instructional Coaches Jane Smith and Alexis Kemp, thirty Grade 7 and 8 students had an opportunity to skype with students from a school in Tanzania to ask questions about daily life in each country and issues related to the importance of clean and accessible water.


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