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SCHOOL DISTRICT 36
Surrey

A grade 12 Fraser Heights Secondary student Fawzan has 3D printed more than 770 devices for hospitals and care facilities, including face shields, mask holders, glove removers, door openers and "Coronavirus Rings." He started manufacturing supplies when he noticed Tinkerine, a local 3D printing company, was using their machines to produce personal protective equipment. He downloaded models from Thingiverse, a resource for 3D printing designs, to make his own supplies for others.

 

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 41
Burnaby

Virtual assembly supports grads with safe choices! Grade 12 students from every high school in the Burnaby School District attended the first-ever interactive and virtual assembly with an internationally-renowned speaker about making safe choices during grad year and beyond. While typically these frank conversations with Grade 12s are about the consequences of intoxication and driving, this year it was broadened to safe choices around COVID-19.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 37
Delta

Students make masks for farmers! South Delta Secondary School textile students, and their teacher Catherine, are busy making face masks to help protect local migrant farm workers in South Delta and the Fraser Valley from COVID-19. By mid-May they have made and delivered more than 90 cloth masks to Jon Pelen, urban missionary supporting Latino migrant farm workers in South Delta and the Fraser Valley. 


SCHOOL DISTRICT 42
Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows

Educators are super heroes too! The students from Kidston Elementary in Vernon put together this special thank you video to teachers and staff for their hard work during COVID-19.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 37 
Delta

Music Monday Salute to Frontline Workers! A fantastic performance of 'Hymn to Freedom' by Seaquam Secondary graduating band and their teacher as a salute to frontline workers at 7pm on Music Monday.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 73
Kamloops - Thompson

From high schooler to health care assistant when we need them the most! NorKam Senior Secondary Grad Mylee Rydoell couldn’t have timed it any better. When Mylee signed up for the Health Care Assistant program in grade 11 she couldn’t have known that she would step out of the classroom and straight into her career, but that’s what happened.  When in-class instruction was closed down in BC March 17 due to COVID-19, she was in the midst of completing her training in the SD73 Health Care Assistant certification program. She finished her practicum on March 17, graduated on March 31, and started working full-time as a health care assistant on April 1st.

 

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 37
Delta

Everyone misses the Seaquam Secondary coffee cart! Normally on a Friday, staff at Seaquam would see the smiling faces of LifeSkills students as they deliver coffee. Students miss chatting and laughing with staff for their regular Coffee Cart Friday. Recently, the students sent virtual messages of happiness instead. 

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 6
Rocky Mountain

A Grade 12 Golden Secondary School student named Caylee Gingras wanted to create a meaningful keepsake for Grad 2020. Working from a sewing pattern she found, Caylee made GRAD 2020 face masks for all of the students in her class. She hopes that students will remember the unique and unprecedented experience they share and feel a little bit more connected. Well done Caylee! 

SCHOOL DISTRICT 36
Surrey

Two Semiahmoo Secondary students have started an innovative online service to meet tutoring needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Esther Zhang and Stuti Sharma, both Grade 11 students in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, have founded the Learning Bridge, a free peer tutoring and mentorship program for Grade 4-10 students to supplement remote learning. The volunteer-run program has nearly 40 tutors and about 60 students registered for tutoring so far.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 39
Vancouver

Green winners celebrated! Students winners were honoured by the Vancouver School District as it marked the 50th annual Earth Day. The students participated in a province-wide contest that celebrates green initiatives. Several teams at Vancouver schools were named prize winners in Science World's BC Green Games for their innovation and hard work on projects aimed at creating a greener future.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 41
Burnaby

Students at Taylor Park Elementary in Burnaby were challenged to rewrite the words to the song True Colors. One of the students, Mason, got very creative with his “My Quarantine Music Video,”  – using pictures of empty playgrounds, other images from around the neighbourhood and of himself. Meanwhile, at Maywood Community School, families were given an activity to create “affirmation bracelets,” identifying ways their strengths can help them meet challenges. Some of the bracelets say “I am surrounded by love,” “I am ready to learn,” and “staying connected.” 

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 43
Coquitlam

Birchland Elementary students are creating letters and cards to lift the spirits of patients at Surrey Memorial Hospital. Students are embracing the chance to give back to their community and to offer some much-needed hope to these patients. 


SCHOOL DISTRICT 43
Coquitlam

Making music for a great cause! Five Gleneagle Secondary students are bringing people together through music by creating an Instagram group called Viral Cause (@viralcause). They perform regularly and invite former graduates to help them raise funds and to support the Downtown Eastside community. Lucas Hung, one of the members shares, “These times are bringing out both the best and worst of us - simply put, they're bringing out us. And the acts of kindness and incredible generosity that our team has seen over and over again give us so much hope that our community will continue their support for the residents of the Downtown Eastside.”  They have raised $1,925 – far exceeding their initial goal of $500. Keep the donations coming! 

SCHOOL DISTRICT 23
Central Okanagan

Popcorn for health care workers! French Immersion students at Glenrosa Middle School in Kelowna had been fundraising for a trip to Vancouver when the COVID-19 pandemic scuttled their plans. Some of the money being raised came through popcorn sales at lunch, but because they couldn't go this year they decided to donate the popcorn to our frontline workers. Staff are covering the cost of the popcorn so the students do not lose any money. Any excess money - beyond the cost of the popcorn - will be donated to the food bank. Well done Kelowna students! 

SCHOOL DISTRICT 43
Coquitlam

Sew generous! Jessica L, a Grade 11 student at Port Moody Secondary School, started a summer project last year called, Sewsociety Project, to raise awareness on textile waste and to help stop fast fashion. With the recent turn of events, she and her club members were looking for a way to give back to their communities - so they have been making scrub caps for local nurses and health care workers. 

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 83
North Okanagan Shuswap

#LEGOCHALLENGE - Students at M.V. Beattie Elementary in Enderby are creating robots for NASA, building rollercoasters for amusement parks and building pirate ships for Captain Hook, as they channel their love of Lego while participating in a 30-day learning challenge. M.V. Beattie’s school’s vice-principal and head custodian lead the daily exercise by creating their Lego masterpieces and posting photos of their creations, along with students, on the school district’s Facebook page.

School District 22
Vernon 

French Immersion students are showing heart in the COVID-19 crisis. Hearts of all sizes, shapes and colours. They have messages of hope for essential service workers, for friends and neighbours. It’s a simple but profound way to show gratitude and help us all stay connected. 

School District 42
Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows 

A Grade 7 student is using a 3-D printer to make ear guards for frontline health-care workers. Quinn started 3-D printing at his local school, Hammond Elementary, which is also using 3-D printers to create similar devices. Since his story appeared in the local paper, Quinn has received interview requests from across Canada, the United States and the UK. See media coverage:


SCHOOL DISTRICT 48
Sea to Sky

B.C.’s got talent! At Myrtle Phillip Elementary school in Whistler, all students from Kindergarten to grade 7 have the opportunity to show their school community what they are especially talented at through a virtual Talent Show. Eight acts a week are chosen for the virtual show. The idea is to keep the school culture alive and to keep kids connected!

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 41
Burnaby 

A Burnaby North student is using his hobby and skills to support health care workers on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic. Grade 11 student Aaron Lu is mobilizing his 3D printer and making plastic parts that attach to masks worn by health care workers. \  The “ear saver”helps with comfort and prevents ear rub. In just two days, Aaron  made 45. After reaching out through a connection at Burnaby Hospital, Aaron hopes he can provide them with an ongoing supply. 

School District 34
Abbotsford 

Home “School of Rock”! Students at @Howemiddle in Abbotsford are united in music and technology. A group of teens recorded themselves individually at home – singing and playing instruments – then they edited themselves into a rock video.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT 39
Vancouver 

Physical distancing measures didn’t stop students at Tillicum Annex School in Vancouver from participating in the International Day of Pink Staff and students wore pink at home to encourage young people to challenge social norms and stand up against bullying towards their 2SLGBTQIA+ peers.

Celebrating International Day of Pink whilst practising physical distancing

SCHOOL DISTRICT 34
Abbotsford 

Taking a page from the Legislature, Yale Secondary Youth Parliament in Abbotsford found a way to keep meeting and legislating while COVID-19 physical distancing measures are in place. The group met virtually at the end of March and passed a new bill appropriately focused on current efforts to prevent the further spread of COVID-19...”An Act to support students with their studies through online virtual student led Learning Assistance” They will provide a platform for students to get help from their peers, develop strong relationships and ensure no student is left behind.

School District 39
Vancouver 

Juggling school and home life? You’re not alone! And when a Grade 9 student in the Vancouver School District was given his first online phys-ed class assignment, he turned into a video tutorial for everyone to enjoy.

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School District 38
Richmond

A Richmond teen is using a 3D printer to create face shields that are being used by doctors and health professionals in the United States. Burnett Secondary student Sean Uy’s uncle is a cardiologist in California. Through his uncle, Uy heard about the limited personal protective equipment available in hospitals. The Grade 12 student, Uy has been accepted into BCIT’s aerospace program. He thrives while working with his hands, rather than through a traditional classroom lecture setting. See media coverage:

SCHOOL DISTRICT 22
Vernon

Educators are super heroes too! The students from Kidston Elementary in Vernon put together this special thank you video to teachers and staff for their hard work during COVID-19.

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