Cedarview MS Walkathon: Students Learn the True Meaning of Community Spirit through a Unique Friendship

News • Posted by mcollins on June 03, 2007

Fostered by a unique relationship and bond with Doug, a
deaf man with multiple disabilities, students at Cedarview Middle School, as part of their Character Education Program called Renaissance, will once again hold a Walk-A-Thon, raising funds for sixty-two adults with multiple disabilities and special communication needs, living in group homes and apartments in Ottawa, supported by non-profit, charitable organization, Total Communication Environment (TCE).  The motto for the Renaissance Program is:  "Dare to Make a Difference".

On June 1, 2007 at 9:00, 751 students set out from Cedarview Middle School at  2760 Cedarview Road in Barrhaven, for the seventh consecutive year, on a Walk-A-Thon, which has raised in excess of $75,000 for their friend Doug and his peers.

Doug has volunteered over the years at Cedarview Middle School in the classroom of sister and teacher, Barb Troutman.  This unique friendship has provided Grade 6, 7 and 8 students a "hands on " opportunity to learn about people like Doug who communicate with sign language.  They are also learning other valuable life lessons like the value of contributing to those less fortunate in their community.

Executive Director of TCE, Karen Anderson has noted:  "This incredible event, initiated by the students and teachers at Cedarview Middle School, has grown beyond anyone's expectations!  The funds these students have raised have a direct impact on improving the quality of life of the multi-disabled adults.  Contributions of the students has assisted in a number of special projects over the years.

These young people, the future leaders of tomorrow, have developed a heightened awareness of members of their community with disabilities and the value of contribution which bodes well for the future."

Cedarview Middle School students "Dare to Make a Difference"

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