June 2, 2021 (Brockville, Ontario) – For the first time, the Upper Canada District School Board’s virtual high school program hosted a Relay For Life event using a method the student body already understands so well – through digital broadcasting.
The Relay For Life program is a long-standing event that traditionally includes outdoor gatherings where participants walk throughout the day or evening to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society. A number of UCDSB high schools coordinate an annual Relay For Life event, but due to the pandemic some schools have had to drop the event while others have been able to convert to virtual events.
This year, students in the UCDSB Virtual High School program joined Thousand Islands High School and Almonte District High School as part of the RFL online initiative. In the secondary virtual program, students chose to study asynchronously at home. While none of the students participating in this program have been together in an in-person classroom or a brick and mortar school this year, they still feel like a community and have realized that they can make a difference in the lives of others.
From May 22 to 25, students in the UCDSB High School Virtual Program coordinated the daily YouTube Live and Zoom calls where they shared stories, played games and encouraged their viewers to donate online to their Relay event. for life.
After all their efforts, the hard work of the virtual high school program paid off and they raised over $ 3,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.
âThe UCDSB Secondary Virtual Program was created in response to the pandemic. Throughout the year, our student leaders and teachers have emerged to create a school community in a totally virtual environment, âsaid Brian Reid, Vice Principal of Distance Education at UCDSB. âOur student leaders on the Relay For Life committee continue to have a huge impact in our program and beyond through their creativity and concern for others.
Their fundraising page is live until June 6 and continues to welcome donations.
The Relay For Life Committee at Mille-Ãles High School in Brockville also organized a Virtual Relay for Life event last week. The school’s ambitious $ 10,000 goal was met thanks to an incentive – teacher Cindi Walpot vowed that she would shave her head if the school exceeded her fundraising goal. The school exceeded this threshold and raised $ 12,000. Walpot provided evidence online with a photo of his recently shaved head, and the Relay For Life committee expressed gratitude to their community sponsors and supporters.
The Almonte District High School is scheduled to host its Relay For Life virtual event the week of June 7 and has set a fundraising goal of $ 8,000.
âWe are very proud of our students and staff who live our board’s values ââas caring, courageous and responsible individuals who give back to our community,â said UCDSB Director of Education-Designate , Valerie Allen.
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