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Re-inventing Active Citizenship at Albert College

Albert College was hit by an unpredictable storm known as COVID-19. Students, parents, and teachers alike were faced with new challenges that they have never seen before and were forced to create new solutions to problems they have never seen before.

The prefect team has also faced many difficulties with these new challenges. As the Active Citizenship Prefect, I have struggled to find new ways to host student events that are longstanding at Albert each year. Events such as the Gleaners Food Drive, The Terry Fox Run, and Sleep Out so Others Can Sleep In. Fortunately, we have found ways to modify these events so that they can still be enjoyed physically distanced and safely. We created several online food drive fundraisers and planned a physically distanced Terry Fox Run by cohorts in the fall.

During the first few months of school in the fall, I noticed that even though students were finally attending classes in person again, moral and spirits were not what they once were. Students were not allowed to come into close contact with each other and could not "hang out" and socialize like they once did. In an effort to boost moral, the prefect team created several physically distanced and fun engagement events for students - such as a face mask tie-dying fundraiser, a pumpkin smashing competition, a virtual talent show, and a snowman competition.

When students returned to online learning in January, myself (as Active Citizenship Prefect) and the ACT committee (Activism, Community service, and Team building) put together a mental health survey for all students from Grades 7 to 12. We asked students to reflect on their feelings and struggles and to suggest ways that the prefects and Albert Community could do to ease the stress and isolation that students may be feeling.

While this school year has been a year unlike any other, I know that together, the Albert College community (parents, faculty/staff and students) will support each other and demonstrate exemplary grit and resilience and that we will make it through these difficult circumstances.

Grade 12 Student & Active Citizenship Prefect