Clark's Crossing Gazette

Martensville High School student group wins awardFree Access

Saskatchewan Education Minister Dustin Duncan (left to right), MHS student Kayla Kurmey, MHS student Zaye Andreas, MHS teacherDella Muench and Public Schools of Saskatchewan representative Lois Smandych

Public Schools of Saskatchewan recently announced that Martensville High School Project Change was among its Student Citizenship Award winners for 2022.

The awards recognize initiatives undertaken by public school student groups or classes that support citizenship or character building within their school and community. Three $1000 awards were presented for Grade 1 to 8 projects and three for high school projects.

Project Change is a group of 60 Martensville High School students from Grade 9 to Grade 12. The group has been in existence since 2013.

The goals of Project Change are to spread kindness through fundraising and volunteering, to help local communities, global communities and the school community.

Students who are part of Project Change learn about teamwork, advocating for a good cause, financial planning, leadership and the importance of giving back.

The group has led the following initiatives over the 2021/22 school year:

* Food drive for the City of Martensville

* Fundraising for the Terry Fox Walk

* Fundraising for Ukraine charities

* 12 days of kindness

* Clothing drive

* Baking for the Ronald McDonald House in Saskatoon

In total, the group has raised over $7,000 for various causes this year.

“We are proud to celebrate these incredible students and the staff who support them,” said Carol Flynn, Public Schools of Saskatchewan vice chair and chair of the citizenship awards selection committee. “These projects highlight the great work that is happening in public schools across our province to educate students about both their rights and their responsibilities as citizens of our pluralistic society.”

The award presentation ceremony in Saskatoon included remarks by the Honourable Dustin Duncan, Minister of Education, and Senator David Arnot, who serves on the Concentus Citizenship Foundation board.

Information on the individual award winners is available on the Public Schools of Saskatchewan website.

Public Schools of Saskatchewan represents 15 public school boards in the province and advocates for inclusive public education in Saskatchewan.