Riverside Secondary School

Target Category: Arts & Culture

About the Organization: Riverside Secondary is a comprehensive dual track secondary school serving approximately 1400 students in grades 9-12. In addition to a strong academic program which includes Advanced Placement and Honours courses, Riverside offers students a wide and diverse set of elective opportunities.
Program Name: Multi-Cultural Leadership Storytelling Festival

About the Project: Led by a Riverside Secondary School teacher, the Multi-Cultural Leadership Storytelling Festival consists of 20 Riverside Secondary students sharing stories from different cultures, told in many languages. Open to the public, this event was held at Riverside Secondary School on November 12th.

The celebration included a First Nations blessing from the School District 43’s Aboriginal education program to acknowledge the territories and speak about their creation myth, a symbolic story of how the world began and how people came to inhabit it.

Then there were break-out sessions for children with a Terry Fox librarian; a recount of the Filipino creation myth Si Malakas at Si Maganda; a reading of the Japanese story Little Mouse’s Red Vest in Japanese, French, English and Polish; and a reading — in Japanese, Korean, Chinese and English — of the Asian fable The Cowherd and the Weaving Girl.

Admission is with a suggested $5 donation and proceeds will go to support Yamashita elementary in Yamamoto, Japan, which was destroyed by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.