Stu­dents make a dif­fer­ence

Glace Bay High’s Me to We mem­bers help­ing at home and around the world

Cape Breton Post - - Glace Bay/new Waterford & Area - BY GREG MCNEIL gm­c­neil@cb­post.com

There’s al­ways a bit of a fight when Brit­tany Ma­cLean brings a com­mu­nity project to the mem­bers of the Glace Bay High School Me To We club for dis­cus­sion.

The fight is not over who will do the work and if it will get done, but in­stead it’s about how much more work can each of the club’s ac­tive mem­ber­ship take on.

“If we have a bake sale I don’t have to say ‘please guys let’s do this,’ it’s try­ing to fight to or­ga­nize time so that ev­ery­body can take part,” said Ma­cLean, the pro­gram’s youth co-or­di­na­tor.

“You can def­i­nitely tell they are in­spired to go out and make a dif­fer­ence. I think that’s the rea­son it is so easy to do ev­ery­thing.”

Take their re­cent ef­forts to as­sist a com­mu­nity in In­dia, for ex­am­ple.

That aid project came up when mem­bers of the group saw the movie “Lion” which de­tails is­sues with miss­ing chil­dren in In­dia, among other things.

As soon as they saw that movie, Ma­cLean said the club’s 24 mem­bers in Grades 9-12 im­me­di­ately wanted to help.

“I have never brought up a cam­paign and they said ‘no.’ They are al­ways say­ing ‘let’s do this.’”

The re­sult was an Easter grams ini­tia­tive that raised money for the Magic Bus Foun­da­tion that helps to keep chil­dren off the streets in that coun­try.

“You see things go­ing on in the

world and you want to help,” said Lau­relle Caume, a Grade 10 stu­dent, when asked why she is in the group.

“It’s fun and makes you feel good about your­self be­cause you are help­ing peo­ple,” added Kelsea McLean, a Grade 10 stu­dent.

Over the course of any given year, club mem­bers can be found tak­ing an ac­tive role in lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional is­sues rang­ing from walk­ing dogs for the SPCA to learn­ing more about so­cial jus­tice is­sues.

You may have seen them strolling through their com­mu­nity with wa­ter buck­ets on their heads to raise money and aware­ness for clean wa­ter projects over­seas or col­lect­ing food items in­stead of treats at Hal­loween.

“Help­ing a per­son is help­ing a per­son, no mat­ter what you do,” said Madi­son Cap­stick, a Grade 10 stu­dent.

“Once you are in­volved for so long it just be­comes a daily part of your rou­tine. You just push your­self as best you can.”

On May 13, they’ll part­ner with Ford Canada on the lo­cal Ford Drive For Change at the Har­bour­side In­dus­trial Park, next to Open Hearth Park in Sydney.

From 10 a.m. un­til 2 p.m., Ford will do­nate $20 to the group for ev­ery per­son 18 and older who takes a test drive in a ve­hi­cle.

The Glace Bay Me to We club could make as much as $6,000 from the test rides to help four food banks in Cape Bre­ton as well as a com­mu­nity in Africa.

“We are try­ing to reach out lo­cally and glob­ally with our main as­pect of hav­ing chil­dren in­volved,” said Ma­cLean.

“We know that one in ev­ery three kids in Cape Bre­ton is strug­gling to find food, so we want to help there. As well, I worked in the com­mu­nity in Tan­za­nia build­ing a school. I saw first-hand the poverty there and the chil­dren liv­ing on less than $1 per day.”

Email brit­t_­mac7@hot­mail.com for de­tails on the Ford Drive For Change or any of the club’s on­go­ing events.

GREG MCNEIL/CAPE BRE­TON POST

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