"Our Place: Celebrations and Dreams of Vancouver"
On Monday May 9th at 1 p.m., Sir Wilfrid Laurier will be hosting a book launch for an exciting and innovative new book called, "Our Place: Celebrations and Dreams of Vancouver." Family, friends, and community members are all invited to come learn of this great project, and to stay to watch several performances which have been promised to leave you with goose bumps.
"Our Place: Celebrations and Dreams of Vancouver" was written by the Sir Wilfrid Laurier community and is truly a collaborative effort. The book contains a piece of writing or a drawing from every student in Laurier elementary, and as such it captures a snapshot of Sir Wilfrid Laurier's entire 2011 school community.
The book celebrates literacy as well as the diversity of experiences of each and every one of Laurier's students by asking each to share their own story with regards to three over arching questions:
1) Where does your family come from?
2) What do you like about living in Vancouver?
3) What is your dream (or birthday wish) for the city's future?
One of the highlights from the new book is the clarity of students' desire to see a "green" future for the city of Vancouver. Students wanted to see for example, the city develop more sustainable energy and to become an energy efficient city. The Laurier students also wanted Vancouver to become a city "full of green spaces" and to cultivate local food systems through urban gardening.
"Our Place: Celebrations and Dreams of Vancouver" should be a great inspiration for the city of Vancouver to achieve it's current goal of becoming the greenest city by 2020, for it is pervasive in the dreams of its future residents. The VSB should be similarly encouraged to reach its goal of becoming the greenest school district in North America.
A similar book capturing the voices of Cavell's student body will be launched June 10th. Both books are a tribute to the importance of including and engaging young people's voices in community planning and visioning.
The creation of such unique books was made possible by the West 1 Community Schools Team who, with the funds from the City of Vancouver's 125th Anniversary Grant program, took the lead on coordinating this exciting initiative.