Students Make a Local Connection

One way in which Laurentian Hills is living out its vision to “intentionally engage God’s world locally” is through a new enrichment program for students in Grades 5 and 6. In all, eight students selected by their homeroom teachers have been meeting weekly with their enrichment teacher, Mrs. Harriette Mostert since March. They have been exploring together what it means to love your cross-cultural neighbour. On Wednesday, April 27 they walked about a kilometre to the Chandler-Mowat Community Centre. This community centre serves one of the most multi-cultural neighbourhoods in Kitchener.

The Program Coordinator, Mr. Jeremy Burke, gave the students a brief tour and history of the centre. After this, student had the opportunity to interview some community members who were born outside of Canada. Questions the students had prepared in advance included the following:

  • How long have you lived in Canada?
  • What was school like in your homeland?
  • Which languages do you speak?
  • Which holidays do you celebrate? Please tell me about them.
  • l What was the hardest thing about coming to a new country?
  • l What do you miss most from your home country?

On the way to the community centre, some of the students were nervous about conducting an interview with someone they had not met before, but they quickly felt at ease. One of the goals of this exercise was for students to overcome their feelings of being “uncomfortable” so that they can gain the rich experience of meeting someone of a different cultural background who also calls Canada home. In a culturally diverse city like Kitchener-Waterloo, getting to know our cross-cultural neighbours enables us to reflect the love of Jesus Christ.

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