Carpenter High celebrates International Women’s Day

By Kathy Gallant
March 8, 2018 - 10:00am

Students at Meadow Lake’s Carpenter High School honoured female empowerment during a pancake breakfast this morning.

The students’ representative council held the event to observe International Women’s Day. When pondering several ideas, organizers thought about the way food brings people together.

“We thought we’d maybe have speakers come in, but then my mom came up with the cool idea of having a pancake breakfast,” student volunteer Lara van de Venter said. “I think it’s so important to realize that we’re pushing for change and equality. We still have a long way to go.”

Her classmate, Zane Klics, said feminism is close to his heart, and said he believes that young people can do a great deal to promote it.

“I think it’s great we have one day a year where we actually really bring women up,” he said. “We are the change-makers in our society in this day and age, and we have to make it.”

“I love that there’s a day to recognize how far we’ve come with women’s rights,” Leila Mitchell added.

Annette Viljoen, a local doctor and parent volunteer, said she was proud of the students for organizing the event.

“I think it’s really wonderful for students to stand up for rights for women,” she said. “We all talk about it, but to bring it to school to celebrate that, I think it’s awesome. We want our girls to be proud of themselves and to be strong.”


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