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WS YOU 177 Dream Chain

As part of WS YOU 177 One Town, One Book with the Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library, schools across Whitchurch-Stouffville are being connected in a Dream Chain celebrating the hopes and dreams of all generations.

Susan Bosak Dream Discovery School Presentations

With the support of grants from United Way York Region and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, bestselling local author and educator Susan V. Bosak is doing Dream Discovery presentations at every school in Whitchurch-Stouffville. When Susan visits a local school, the students, teachers, parents, and grandparents make Dream Stars with their dreams for their own life and our community. Students package the Dream Stars in a decorated box or bag and give it to Susan.

Susan is a Dream Messenger, sharing the Dream Star packages between all the schools. Then, the stars will be displayed at the WS Public Library. The Dream Chain is a powerful way for families to start discussions as students think about their future, and a meaningful way to connect neighbours. Do you know what your neighbours' dreams are? What do you think is important for Whitchurch-Stouffville? We all get to know each other a little bit better, and start a new kind of community conversation.

WS YOU 177
is a whole-community, all-generation journey from dreams to legacy, from aspirations to action. Collecting Dream Stars is the first step. Every Dream Star is recorded, and used to plan upcoming events and community action legacy projects, which will touch on everything from the way we live with each other and our planet to how we learn, do business, grow up and grow older. WS YOU 177 supports academic success through real-world, project-based learning, and emotional/social well-being through intergenerational and community connections.

The ultimate goal? A more caring, stronger, thriving community for all now and in the future – and an inspiration for other communities across the country!

Giant Dream Star at WS Public Library

Through WS YOU 177, Whitchurch-Stouffville is Dreaming Bigger, Creating Legacy. It's a new, big-picture, interconnected way to think and innovate. WS YOU 177 is a social innovation initiative that empowers YOU (which also stands for Young and Old United) to make a difference in a big-picture context – 1 World with 7 Generations and 7 Billion People. Drop by the WS Public Library to sign the WS YOU 177 Generations Pledge:

We, the Generations of Whitchurch-Stouffville, Pledge to Dream Bigger and Create Legacy for a Stronger Community for All, Connecting Past, Present, Future.

 
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Glad Park Public School
 
 

Glad Park Public School

Principal: Terry McElrea
Teacher-Librarian: Jennifer Tarrant

Glad Park is the first school to kick off the WS YOU 177 Dream Chain. Susan Bosak visited the school on November 27. It was a high-energy, inspiring day! We even had a visit from Mayor Justin Altmann.

Mayor Justin Altmann

Students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 participated in creating 658 Dream Stars. Says Teacher-Librarian Jennifer Tarrant, "Together our dreams form a beautiful chain of inspiration. Remember to Dream Big!"

Glad Park shares this quotation from Harriet Tubman: "Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."

Principal Terry McElrea made a Dream Star. His personal dream is to live every day with wonder, to explore and learn so that he can be the best father, husband, brother, son and friend he can possibly be. His community dream is to help create a loving, inviting and diverse community that cares for and includes everyone.

Ms. Tarrant's personal goal is to make the most out of each day, and do what excites and inspires her. Her community dream is to support all the students in Glad Park to learn from and work with each other so that we can all create a better town to live in.

Glad Park Public School

Here are just a few of the student dreams…

Sloan in grade 3 wants to study and learn all she can so that she can go to university and become a scientist who does research to find a cure for cancer.

Abby in grade 5 wants to go to college to become a veterinarian so that she can help make sure all animals are healthy and taken care of. Her dream for WS is to have more indoor play parks so that children can be active and safe.

Jack in grade 6 wants to train to become a police officer so that he can keep the community safe. His dream for WS is to stay a safe, peaceful community for all ages.

Akshanaa is in grade 7 and wants to work hard and get into university so that she can study to become a pediatrician, keeping children healthy and helping them when they're sick. Her dream for our community is that there's no more bullying or intimidation so that everyone feels safe, respected, and is included.

Evronia in grade 6 wants to work hard, get a business degree, and become the president of a company. Her dream for WS is that we become super eco-friendly and inspire the world to take better care of our precious planet.

 
  Summitview Public School
 
 

Summitview Public School

Principal: Melanie Duckett-Wilson
Teacher-Librarian: Connie Calvert

The Dream Team of students at Summitview worked hard with Ms. Calvert to prepare everything for the big day of Susan Bosak's visit on December 9. The Dream Team's job is to "demonstrate to our school population the importance of dreaming." Susan came to help do just that, presenting to grades 2-5 and then grades 6-8. Students created dozens of Dream Stars to share their hopes and dreams for themselves and our community.

Since the beginning of the school year, Summitview has been using a dream theme; each class put together a presentation about their hopes and dreams. Students are learning that "dreams can change the world."

Susan had visited Summitview several weeks earlier to work with selected students and a group of community leaders on a WS Community Dreams & Legacies Box. The box holds things that represent WS, and the contents will be revealed at a Community Party in February.

Principal Melanie Duckett-Wilson is enthusiastic about WS YOU 177 because she believes community connections are important. On her Dream Star, her personal dream is to be happy and healthy for years to come so that she can continue to enjoy her children and, hopefully one day, grandchildren. Her dream for all the students in this school and the community is for everyone to work together in harmony with mutual respect and tolerance for all.

Summitview Public School

Here are some of the dreams students shared…

Sydnee in grade 3 loves animals and wants to go to university to become a veterinarian so that she can take care of animals. Her community dream is that we keep WS clean and everyone in it healthy.

Ella is also in grade 3. She loves to explore and experiment, so she wants to go to university to study science so that she can make big discoveries. For our community, she loves the environment and wants the town to create more green spaces we can all enjoy.

Thomas is in grade 5 and wants to go to university to study weather and become a storm chaser. His dream for our community is that we're all proud of our town and work together to keep it strong.

Abby, in grade 6, wants to learn all she can and go to college to become an art teacher so that she can help kids express their creativity. Her dream for WS is to have more charity events to help people, and keep the Strawberry Festival going so that the whole community can enjoy it.

Suki is in grade 8 and wants to study hard and dedicate herself to her education so that she can graduate from McGill University. Her dream for WS is that we're a community that values individuality and creativity to make us the best we can be.

Emily, in grade 6, values her family and wants them to stay healthy. Her dream for WS is that people are kind to each other and include everyone.

Grade 6 Summitview student Emily scarfs her grandfather Tom Winters

You're never too young or too old to dream. Emily's grandfather, Tom Winters, 68, sat in on the presentations and shared his dreams. His personal dream is that his granddaughter and other young people keep working toward important dreams. He wants WS to continue to be a loving, caring, inclusive community.

As the presentation wrapped up, Emily surprised her grandfather with a WS YOU 177 orange scarfing for his many years of community service!

 
  St. Brendan Catholic Elementary School
 
 

St. Brendan Catholic Elementary School

Principal: Diane Sharp
Teacher-Librarian: Delma Wigram

St. Brendan hosted the launch of WS YOU 177 One Town, One Book in April, 2014. It was great to visit the school again on January 15. As the gymnasium was filled with a special starry lighting effect, Susan Bosak did a presentation to grades 2-5 in the morning, and grades 6-8 in the afternoon.

St. Brendan Catholic Elementary School

Vice Principal Anna Ricciuti-Giustizia helped get everything ready for the big day. As students entered the gym, they dropped their Dream Stars into the specially-decorated Dream Box. Susan collected more than 690 Dream Stars from students, as well as some parents and teachers.

Teacher Michelle Hulshof also helped students get ready for Susan's visit. As she supports students in learning all they can and becoming the best they can be, she believes that "it takes many different stars to make a beautiful sky." With a long family history in the community, her personal goal is to be more involved in our community to make it a better place to live for everyone. Her dream for all the students at St. Brendan is to help them become hardworking citizens who are involved in the community.

Here are some of the dreams students shared…

Samantha in grade 3 wants to go to university so that she can study to become a palaeontologist and discover a new species of dinosaur. Her dream for WS is that we have a dinosaur park with a dino-dig site – sounds like lots of fun to us, and educational too!

Blanca in grade 2 likes helping people and animals, so she wants to study to become a veterinarian. Her dream for our community is to run in the marathon to raise lots of money for the hospital.

Maddie is in grade 4. She loves to learn and explore, so she wants to go to university to become either a teacher or scientist. Her dream for our community is that we have more stoplights so that adults and children stay safe on the streets.

Marycae is in grade 8 and wants to go to university to become a cardiologist. Her dream for WS is for it to stay friendly so that everyone feels good about where they live.

Sig

Of course, you're never too young or too old to dream. We surprised St. Brendan students Bridget and Joe McConkey when their grandfather's photo, Sig Kusatz, 75, appeared on the screen in front of the whole school! Sig has been photographing all the Dream Stars collected for WS YOU 177 so that they can be recorded and analysed. Having read almost every dream collected, he's become the official WS Dream Keeper! His personal dream is that all the religions of the world get along with and respect each other so that people can come together in understanding. His dream for WS is that a new airport isn't built, so that there isn't heavy airplane traffic above us and our skies remain peaceful and clear.

Elijah
Joshua

 

Michelle Hulshof has been working with her students this year to help them become more active citizens in our community. At the end of Susan's presentation, two of her grade 5 students, Elijah and Joshua, gave a speech as "future Mayors" of WS about their dreams for the community. Elijah's Dream Star reads, "I would like Stouffville to continue to be a welcoming and eco-friendly community." Joshua's Dream Star reads, "I want to make Stouffville a better place by stopping smoking."

You can view the speech Elijah and Joshua gave at the inauguration of the new WS Town Council here.

 
  Wendat Village Public School
 
 

Wendat Village Public School

Principal: Lisa Jeremic
Teacher-Librarian: Kathryn Gravill

The WS YOU 177 journey is a little different for each local school because each school has its own interests and culture. Sharing between schools enriches us all and builds a stronger sense of community.

Wendat Village's journey started with a grade 8 civic engagement event that brought students and local elders together to discuss three questions around community involvement: What is caring? What is leadership? What is power?

Councillor Rob Hargrave

Susan Bosak was excited to return to the school to do Dream Discovery presentations for the grade 2-5 students, and then the grade 6-8 students. She collected over 400 beautifully decorated Dream Stars. A special guest participating in the morning was Town Councillor Rob Hargrave. The WS Public Library, as part of One Town, One Book, was on hand to share the Library's hopes for all the students at the school and for the community.

Wendat Village Public School

Teacher-Librarian Kathryn Gravill was "thrilled to be able to share our Dream Stars, to continue the local Dream Chain, and to foster a stronger sense of community. Sharing our Dream Stars provides us with the opportunity to think about our future and the future of our community. We've been reminded of the importance of having hopes and dreams, and working together to achieve our goals for ourselves and our community."

The school shared a quote from William Arthur Ward: "If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it." Whitchurch-Stouffville, we can become our dreams!

Vice Principal Erin Cranney shared her personal and community dreams. Her family is important to her, and her personal goal is better balance in her life so that she spends more time with her family. She says Wendat Village is an amazing school, with incredible staff and students. Her community dream is that every student feel welcomed and included in the school community.

Here are some of the dreams students shared…

Chance in grade 4 wants to train and learn everything he can to become a builder or electrician so that he can build great homes for people. His dream for our community is that there are more fun things to do right here in town so that we don't have to drive everywhere else to do things.

Arvinth, who's in grade 8 and wants to train to become a police officer to help keep the community safe, also dreams that WS has more good facilities and shops so that people stay in town to buy and do things.

Holly at Wendat Village Public School

Holly is in grade 2 and wants to go to university to become a teacher so that she can help kids learn everything they need. Her dream for WS is a bigger library so that everyone can have a book!

Nadil in grade 5 wants to go to university to become a scientist so that he can explore the mysteries of the world and make discoveries. His dream for our community is to build parks for everyone to enjoy and keep the farmland so that we have wide open spaces.

The theme of the environment was brought up by many students. For example, Mahak in grade 8, who wants to train to become a commercial pilot so that she can travel the world, said her dream for WS is that we protect the green spaces, forests, and fields so that we can enjoy the natural environment. Tvesa in grade 3 who wants to go to university and become a doctor so that she can help people when they're sick, said it all with her dream for WS that we take as good care of our community environment as we would our own house.

Whitchurch-Stouffville is lucky to be on the Oak Ridges Moraine and have so much green around us. Will we live a legacy that ensures we nurture and protect the trees, water, and wildlife that sustain us and our planet?

Wendat Village is named in honour of the amazing archaeological site discovered near the school – the largest and most complex ancestral Wendat-Huron village to be excavated in the Lower Great Lakes region to date. A documentary was made about the finds on the site.

 
  Ballantrae Public School
 
 

Ballantrae Public School

Principal: Tim McFadden
Teacher-Librarian: Robin Filtsos

Over 275 Dream Stars were waiting for Susan Bosak when she arrived at Ballantrae School. She did presentations for the grade 1-5 students and grade 6-8 students. The WS Public Library, as part of One Town, One Book, also shared the Library's hopes for all the students at the school – and invited them to the Library to keep dreaming!

Betty van Hoogenhuize

We surprised kindergarten teacher Betty van Hoogenhuize with a WS YOU 177 Orange Scarf of Caring. She organized the school's Acts of Kindness initiative and is a key member of the Healthy Schools Committee whose focus is mental health.

Principal Tim McFadden started at the school midyear, and was excited to be able to help launch the school's WS YOU 177 journey. He commented that the Dream Stars from parents and staff showed him that adults in Ballantrae believe that you are definitely never too old to dream!

Principal McFadden shared his dreams. His personal goal is to stay healthy and active, and spend time with his family. His dream for the students in his school is that you treat each other with respect and kindness, demonstrate integrity, and have a growth mindset about learning new things. You can do it!

Principal McFadden also shared a couple of his favourite quotations about dreams. The first is "Don't dream your life – live your dream" and the second is "If you can dream it, you can do it." The first reminds him of the importance to take some action, however small, toward making your dreams come true. The second reminds him that all dreams are achievable.

Here are some of the dreams students shared…

Zoe in grade 1 wants to practice and learn everything she can to become an artist who inspires people with her art. Her dream for WS is that we have an art school so that all ages can be creative.

Jamie in grade 8 wants to go to university to study to become a nurse or doctor so that she can help people who are ill. Her dream for WS is that it's more vital with more restaurants and stores.

James, who is in grade 7, wants to go to university and study to become an actuary because he likes working with numbers. His dream for our community is to have more advanced classes for all ages in the community and at school.

Kaylyn at Ballantrae Public School

Kaylyn is in grade 8 and has a personal dream to study philosophy at a respected university to explore the meaning of life! Her dream for our community is that everyone is safe and well fed.

Agishan is in grade 7 and he wants to go to university and study to become a chartered accountant so that he can help people manage their money. His dream for our community is more green energy innovations to help save the planet.

Sydney in grade 6 wants to go to university to become a doctor to keep people healthy and well. Her dream for WS is that we have more libraries that share books and technology with everyone.

The staff and students at Ballantrae School challenge all others in Whitchurch-Stouffville to DREAM BIG!

 
  St. Brigid School
 
 

St. Brigid Catholic Elementary School

Principal: Maureen Sullivan
Teacher-Librarian: Colleen McCarthy

St. Brigid School is full of Dreamers of all ages – students in grades 1-8, teachers, and parents created over 350 Dream Stars for Susan Bosak's visit. She did presentations for grades 1-4 and then grades 5-8. As part of the WS Public Library's One Town, One Book, Faith Shergold from the Library shared the Library's dream for the community. Parent Sue Luff, Co-Chair of the Catholic School Council, worked hard to bring everything together for an exciting day for all!

St. Brigid School

St. Brigid's dreams are big and small, they shared. "They are for ourselves, our school and our community… we have many dreams already achieved and we have many more to reach."

The school shares these words from Terry Mark with children, adults, and elders in Whitchurch-Stouffville: "To have a dream is a beautiful thing. To pursue your dream is a motivation. To realize your dream is the most beautiful thing."

And another quotation from Anurag Prakash Ray, "The power and spark is within you, only when you realize it. It will transform you into the person you need to be to achieve your goals and dreams."

Principal Maureen Sullivan shared her personal goal to do more travelling to learn about the world. Her goal for our community is that all the schools come together to learn from each other's experiences and ideas.

Here are some of the dreams students shared…

Clara in grade 3 has a personal dream that as she gets older she wants to do whatever she can to help people who are poor. Her dream for WS is that we stop cutting down all the beautiful trees because it's not good for our health or our planet.

Christina is also in grade 3 and she wants to train to become a paramedic so that she can help people when there's an emergency. She loves trees, too, and wants WS to plant even more trees to make our community and our world better.

Another grade 3 classmate, Ruthy, wants to go to university and study to become a physicist to think big and make important discoveries like Einstein. Her dream for WS is that we have cooking classes right here in our community so that we can all learn how to eat fresh and healthy.

Maya is in grade 6 and she wants to go to university to study to become a teacher so that she can help children learn everything they need to be successful in life. Her dream for WS is big outdoor activities and events so that the whole community can come together to enjoy them.

Grace in grade 6 has a dream to go to college to learn everything she needs to start her own organization to help people in need. Her dream for WS is that we become more eco-friendly so that people and the planet are healthy.

In the words of Walt Disney, "All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them."

 
  New Year, New Schools
 
 

New Year, New Schools

We're visiting more Whitchurch-Stouffville schools soon. What will their dreams be?



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