In the little community of Tara (Arron Elderslie) in Bruce County, the elementary school was a WE participant after filling out a year’s end survey.
The WE School program is a comprehensive collection of curricular, co-curricular and extra curricular programs that are implemented in schools, school districts and communities that creates positive change and transforms lives.
WE Charity, formerly known as ‘Free The Children’, is a worldwide development charity and youth empowerment movement founded in 1995 by human rights advocates Marc and Craig Kielburger. ‘Free The Children’ was founded in 1995 by Craig Kielburger of Ontario when he was 12 years old.
In 1999, at the age of 16, Kielburger wrote Free the Children, a book detailing his trip to South Asia four years earlier and the founding of his charity.
The organization runs programs in approximately 10,000 schools in Canada, the U.S. and U.K. for service learning and active citizenship, with the aim of empowering youth to become socially engaged.
Tara teacher, Paul Bolton, has become renowned for his unusual approach to education, including his unique dress in ‘beach attire shorts’ until the snow flies. He has also initiated the pancake day and flag football tournaments and, when the school manager asked if she could share his story with the WE team, Bolton agreed.
Following the school manager’s submission to WE, Bolton received notice in August asking if he would be the featured educator at the WE convention in Toronto. “I was thrilled to get asked and they wrote my script for me to practice. I did not get a rehearsal just a description of where to stand and which teleprompter to look at. It was terrifying and thrilling at the same time. My speech went quite well and I have received lots of compliments on it.”