Sarnia Community Foundation Grant- IMPACT in our community
In 2017 Rayjon was the recipient of a $2,500 from the Sarnia Community Foundation (made possible by a grant from the Donald Steeves Family, McKay Family and the SCF Children and Youth General Funds) to support us in our efforts to bring social justice awareness into Lambton community schools. The goals of this project were to
- Foster awareness of social justice issues (both in Canada and in the developing world)
- Promote volunteerism in our community
- Encourage a spirit of acceptance and compassion
We are thrilled to report the IMPACT of this exciting grant!
We were able to engage a total of 387 students (from grade 3 to grade 12) with an interactive presentation that got them discussing social justice issues and brainstorming potential solutions. Educational resources left with teachers will help them to expand upon thematic priorities of the Ontario government elementary curriculum concerning social justice.
The project also included support of a student-driven initiative. For this we teamed up with local teacher Emily Fortney-Blunt and students at Lakeroad Public School. This group of students has been meeting in “Circle Up” − a restorative learning circle− and spends time learning to resolve conflict and looking at how interconnected our lives in Canada are to other cultures around the world.Partnership with Rayjon with the assistance of the SCF grant is allowing the students to launch a special initiative into action: The Footprints Project.
Students have recognized that each of us leaves a unique footprint on our journey, and would like to turn their individual footsteps into art. With the help of a local potter students have used the soles of their shoes to leave a unique imprint upon clay, which will then be glazed and fired with the help of a local potter.
Each unique imprint will become a pendant or an ornament to be sold at a fair trade sale hosted before school’s end. Profits will benefit both a Canadian Indigenous reconciliation project and a global social enterprise project. Stay tuned for more details!
Next Paint Night with the Painted Cat on April 18th
2nd Annual Pickleball Coming Up! Reserve your spot now!
Sunday, April 8th @ St. Patrick’s High School in Sarnia.
For details on this event click here.
Thank you to our friends of Aamjiwnaang First Nation Maawn Doosh Gumig Community Centre
Sally, Maggie and Robin will be going to Haiti with the Rayjon March Break Awareness Team. They have organized a delicious dinner fundraiser to support Rayjon projects in Haiti.
Amazing Abstract Art
Thanks so much to Veona and Ann for organizing another fun evening of paint! And a huge thank you to artist Kirsten Anderson for leading the class and sharing her knowledge of abstract art techniques. Take a look at the beautiful results!
Rayjon Curling Event a Huge Success!
We couldn’t be more thrilled. The event was fabulous in every way! We are so thankful for the fun had, for the volunteers who worked behind the scenes to put it together, for the newbies who came out to learn, and for outpouring of support from this community.
Together we raised over $18,000 to support rural education in Haiti.
We would also like to thank Meghan Bond, of Meghan Bond Photography for the beautiful photos. You can access Meghan’s photo gallery here:
Here are a few more photos submitted by curling participants:
To read more about this trip, visit our Blog.
Rayjon in the news!
Check out this recent article in the Huffington Post