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F.P. Walshe students find ‘We’ can make a difference

Nicole Quinlan and Amy Cook with one of four water jugs F.P. Walshe students hope to fill with pennies to fund water projects in developing countries.

Some of the F.P. Walshe school students who took part in the drive to collect items for the food bank.

F.P. Walshe school students are working hard these days to make a positive difference in their community, and the world.
Students are helping stock the shelves of the Fort Macleod Food Bank and also collecting pennies to fund a Third World water project.
“The whole school is getting involved,” Grade 10 student Amy Cook said. “It’s incredible to see.”
F.P. Walshe school students who attended the We Day celebration Oct. 24 in Calgary launched the two initiatives.
“We Are The Change” was the theme of the event at the Saddledome organized by the Free The Children group.
About 18,000 students from across Alberta heard speakers such as Liz Murray, who was born to drug addict parents and whose mother died of AIDS but overcame those challenges to complete high school and earn a full scholarship to Harvard.
The students also heard from Spencer West, who was born with a genetic disease that destroyed his lower body when he was young who recently climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Award-winning actor Martin Sheen talked to the students at We Day about his life-long commitment to social action.
The students were also treated to performances by the Canadian band Hedley, Rob Nash and the Calgary Stampede Marching Band.
Last week students who attended We Day began sharing the message with other students at F.P. Walshe school, urging their peers to support two projects.
Students have set a goal of filling four large water jugs with pennies. The money will provide clean water for 20 people in a developing country.
The students are also collecting food and donations for the Fort Macleod Food Bank.
The food drive began Wednesday with students going door-to-door in Fort Macleod to collect non-perishable food items.
Amy and Nicole Quinlan, another Grade 10 student, said Fort Macleod residents were generous.
“People responded really well to see students going around town collecting for the food bank,” Nicole said.
Amy and Nicole made presentations about We Day and the projects being undertaken to each class at F.P. Walshe school.
The Grade 7-12 students responded immediately, bringing pennies to put into the empty water jugs.
“The first day after we made our presentations the jug was half full,” Nicole said.
People from the community are helping too, bringing donations of pennies to the school.
Students from other communities are also pitching in to support the F.P. Walshe school project.
Amy said it is no mystery why students are ready to support two worthy causes.
“It’s really exciting to be part of it,” Amy said of the world-wide push for change sparked by We Day. “You feel really involved and you feel good about what you’re doing.”
Anyone interested in contributing to the food drive can drop off non-perishable food items at F.P. Walshe school until Friday, Dec. 7.
Donations of pennies for the water project can be made at the school office until Thursday, Dec. 20.
People are sure to get a good return on their investment.
“It’s a good feeling knowing you’re helping,” Nicole said.