From helpers to leaders, Grade 1 to Grade 12, parents and teachers too!

We made…. 529 onigiri together. There was no them and us, no adults and children. This was one YIS community coming together to support others. This was a celebration of the essence of YIS, one community committed to each other and ready to extend our support to our wider world.

Empowering young children to become leaders and act on the behalf of others.

It has been several months since the Grade One students went to the park and noticed someone who may have been homeless. The children sustained their interest and discovered a system is in place at school to support people who are homeless.

From this beginning the children have taken on the challenge of being responsible for the ongiri making, supported by Mohima and Tomoko in Grade 12. These students have become role -models  and mentors to the children. They have carried out jobs and made a market/arcade to raise money for onigiri. The children have transitioned from helpers to leaders. They have a real sense of the cost of food and the expense incurred in feeding people.

At 8am the canteen was already filling up with high school students, Grade one children and their families. Stemming rice was being fanned, flavoring was added and teams were formed. Each onigiri was wrapped and a sticker added. The children wanted the homeless people to know people cared about them.

We hope that this short video helps convey the spirit of the event.

Teamwork. High School and Grade 1’s made 529 Onigiris! on PhotoPeach By Ms Connie


This is the photo story of the children choosing and buying the ingredients.
We Shopped For Onigiri Ingredients at Homes! on PhotoPeach By Ms Connie

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