They had planned to go outdoors to stage their protest against climate change, but a heavy rainfall kept them indoors last Thursday afternoon.
So the students of Virden Junior High took their handmade signs and marched through the halls of their school, demanding change.
Then, in solidarity with millions of others around the world recognizing Global Climate Strike week, they laid down and “died” in the gym, a sea of blue t-shirts representing the ocean and the circle on the floor representing the Earth.
Teachers Regan Brereton-Waller (Gr. 5) and Keely Woods (Gr. 6) organized the event and got buy-in from about three quarters of the student body. The kids also learned about climate change and about all the countries marking Climate Strike week along with them.
Brereton-Waller said, “I think it’s so important that they know what’s happening in the world and know they have the power to make a difference, like Greta (Thunberg) did.”