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Hooked on School Days: We Can All Make a Difference!

We can all make a difference!

Hooked on School Days (HSD), held from February 12 to 16, is an opportunity for all of us to refocus on one of our most important issues: encouraging young people to stay in school!

HSD is a five-day national and regional mobilization campaign for educational success and perseverance in Quebec. This year, the campaign takes place under a brand new theme Your actions, a + in their success.

Early childhood educators: you prepare our children for school by providing them with the fundamentals they need to develop.

2018 THEME: YOUR ACTIONS, A + IN THEIR SUCCESS

This year’s campaign aims to illustrate the power of many small actions adding up to a real difference in a young person’s success. Actions within anyone’s reach.  Actions that can be taken throughout a youth’s schooling.

Young people are the main architects of their own success. But parents, teachers, and school staff form an inner circle of support – a trio that helps them achieve their potential. This is the first and fundamental + in their success.

Teachers, educators, school principals, and councillors: you act by inspiring young people, listening to them, and preparing them for the future.

Beyond this inner trio, youth build relationships that, while not directly linked to their educational outcome, are likely to affect them. These relationships may be with siblings, uncles or aunts, grandparents, neighbours, or friends. As they develop in society, youth encounter fellow citizens, organizations, businesses, and elected officials, all of whom may also take specific or wide-reaching actions – either individual or organizational – that directly or indirectly support the success of young people. Such gestures of support may be made throughout the youths’ schooling, from early childhood to adulthood.

When you add up all these actions, the interconnections of a community emerge, one that surrounds youth and takes on a certain responsibility for their success.

Community groups: you play an important role by developing services that support education-sector efforts, by partnering with schools and families, and by providing vital extra assistance for students who are experiencing difficulties.

How Can You Take Part?

Contribute to the movement to promote perseverance

Everyone knows someone who made a difference in their lives when they were in school: an inspiring teacher, an encouraging parent, or a counsellor who was there at the right time. Whether you’re a business person, an elected official, or a worker in the community or early childhood sector, we all have a role to play.

Business people: accept students in internships, promote work/school balance, or invest in initiatives that promote school perseverance.

It is vital to take early and concerted action with children in order to have a meaningful impact on their educational experience and their perseverance at school.

Municipal officials: contribute by backing social development policies that make education a fundamental pillar of your community. You can also make sure to apply an “education filter” to the decisions of your establishment, while at the same time taking part in projects with schools and early childhood education services.

Fun Activities for Children and Youth:

The following HSD resources  were taken from the journées de la persévérances scolaires (French only).

Carton «+»  (PDF)
Ask children or older students to think about a gesture or a person who has been a “+” in their perseverance at school this year.  Have the students write the gesture or name on a plus sign (cut out of cardboard, drawn on the board, etc.) and then take pictures of them with the “+”.  The photo can be sent as a thank-you to the person whose gesture is being recognized, published on social media, or even used to make a mural in your school, library, leisure centre, etc.

Equation activity (PDF)
Certificate of perseverance (PDF) – Give perseverance certificates to your students to recognize their efforts.
Certificate of success (PDF) – Give certificates of success to your students or child to recognize their efforts.

  • All the +’s around me
    Enlarge and print the large plus sign made up of small +’s.  Have children write the names of the people who make them feel good at school and help them learn, along with a quality of that person in 1, 2, 3, or 5 plus signs.  Display them all together to make a large mural.
  • My qualities, my +’s
    Enlarge and print the large plus sign made up of small +’s.  Have students write things like the qualities they are most proud of or the challenges they have overcome inside the small +’s.
  • Thanks for being my +
    Have children write a letter or make a drawing to thank their parents, grandparents, sister, instructor, teacher, or coach for a gesture that made them feel good.  The letters and drawings can then be sent to the people mentioned or form a large collective work that everyone is invited to come and see.
  • The quality I like about you
    Every student is given a “+”  Have them write the name of a friend on it, along with a quality they appreciate about that person.  The +’s can then be made into a mural of the class’s qualities.
  • This year, I will make a gesture.
    Decorate your social media in the 2018 HSD campaign colours and publish a post in support of the cause, mentioning a gesture or action you will make this year to be a “+” in a young person’s success.

Campaign Resources

The following HSD resources  were taken from the journées de la persévérances scolaires (French only).

Gestures you can make to promote perseverance: