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Tech High School Students Will Meet Former Soviet President Gorbachev [VIDEO]

ST. CLOUD – Tech and Cathedral students will be attending We Day in Winnipeg, Manitoba on October 30th.Speakers at the invitation only event include former Soviet President Mikael Gorbachev. A group of students have recently made Tech one of the first We-Schools in the United States.

We-Schools began in Canada, and encourage students to engage in local and global action services.

Tech’s inspiration to become a We school started at the 2011 Civic Engagement Leadership Conference held at St. Cloud State University.

Students met Co-Founder of Free The Children, Craig Kielburger. Kielburger started Free The Children at the age of 12 years-old, now FTC is one of the biggest social causes on Facebook.

Tech High School Teacher Jennifer Day says that Kielburger inspired students to become a We School.

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Tech High School student Siddharth Paari  says that he joined the group because he has a passion for volunteering.

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Students in the group are in the process of planning activities to promote civic engagement in the school, starting with We Scare Hunger, formerly known as Halloween For Hunger. Tech students will be collecting non-perishable food items on Halloween throughout the community.

We member Abbey Benning says that flyers will be passed out with instructions on how the community can donate items.

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We Scare Hunger is one of the events that Tech Students can do to earn points for their homeroom in the House Cup competition. Benning says that the House Cup is used as a way to encourage students to volunteer.

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Cathedral High School has also recently become a We-School. The students hope to inspire other schools in the community to become We-Schools.

Below is a video from YouTube, taken by Service Learning and Social Change Director Kevin LaNave.

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