Regina school calendar spotlights community heroes
Seven Stones Community School students nominate community members
A "dream broker," an orchestra member, a grandmother: All are considered heroes according to students at Seven Stones Community School.
The Regina school has created its second Heroes Calendar to celebrate the community's diversity and strength. The calendar spotlights North Central legends and personal heroes of the students.
This is a beautiful reminder of the strength that already exists in that community.- Jason Howse, Seven Stones Community School teacher
The students nominate their heroes, then conduct interviews with their honourees. From there, the students wrote biographies of their nominees. A committee has the responsibility of picking who to feature in the calendar.
"It was a lot of discussion, a lot of deliberation," said Jason Howse, a teacher from Seven Stones, who was behind the calendar. "There were so many on this list that were just an automatic 'yes.'"
One of those was the school's "dream broker," Sabrina Cote-Brooks.
"She has a very unique position at our school. She is involved with connecting students to different programs and groups that they might not have access to otherwise," said Howse.
That can be anything from karate to skateboarding lessons.
Jonathan Ward with the Regina Symphony Orchestra was featured in the calendar as well. He has been involved in the community teaching students to play fiddle.
Not only does the calendar feature important community members, but students also nominate influential family members.
Irene Mosquito, whose grandchildren attend Seven Stones, was nominated. She came to Regina as a Cree speaker and felt isolated not being able to communicate with anyone. Now, she teaches Cree through the school and at the local library branch.
"I find that grassroots approach to that just beautiful," said Howse.
"Someone can take that sense of isolation and out of that create a sense of togetherness."
Calendar a positive influence
Howse said a benefit of the calendar is having it hanging in every learning space in the school.
"We talk about the windows and mirrors in our school: Does our learning space represent the people we see in our lives? Does it represent the place that we live in?" he said.
"This is a beautiful reminder of the strength that already exists in that community."
The calendars sell for $5 at Seven Stones. All proceeds are dedicated to literacy programs within the school.
With files from CBC Radio's Morning Edition