Tartans Celebrate Service and Activism at WE Day California
More than 40 members of the St. Margaret’s community attended WE Day California, a high-energy celebration of youth activism and service in Los Angeles headlined by celebrities and other inspiring personalities.
WE Day is a celebration of the WE movement, which offers resources and encourages young people to create positive social change in local communities and around the world. St. Margaret’s delegation at WE Day California was made up of its Middle School WE Club and several faculty and staff. St. Margaret’s is a designated WE school, sponsors a WE Club in the Middle School and infuses WE educational resources in multiple Upper School courses. This is the fourth year that a St. Margaret’s delegation has attended WE Day California.
Following last week’s event in Los Angeles, WE inspirational spokesperson Spencer West visited St. Margaret’s on Monday and spoke to Middle School students, congratulating the WE Club for their work this school year. Mr. West lost both legs below the pelvis at a young age and shared with Middle School students his stories of obstacles faced and the achievements earned, including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in 2012 to raise awareness and funds for clean water projects in Kenya.
The WE Club is sponsored by Middle School teachers Veronica Johns-Richardson, Darla Magana and Christie McMahon. All of the WE Club’s fundraising work this year will benefit WE Villages in Ecuador to provide and support one year of healthy lunches for a class.
The goal of WE Villages is to implement a holistic, sustainable development model so that communities can lift themselves out of poverty. Ms. Johns-Richardson will attend a “ME to WE” educator professional learning trip to Ecuador this August to see this impact first-hand.