Students visit Mustard Seed

Fernie Secondary students visited the shelter in Calgary as part of their leadership class.

Grade 8/9 students from Fernie Secondary School visited Calgary's homeless shelter the Mustard Seed.

Grade 8/9 students from Fernie Secondary School visited Calgary's homeless shelter the Mustard Seed.

By Jillian Folvik

Submitted

On Monday January 27 my Grade 8/9 leadership class went to the Mustard Seed in Calgary.  We aided with preparing lunch and sorting donations.  It was a very eye-opening experience.  When we took a tour of the Mustard Seed we were able to see where you would sleep.  The thought of having to sleep beside someone you don’t know every night or freezing on the street is horrifying.

The other experience that I thought was important was when my class was able to talk to someone who is less fortunate.  It was important because he told us about his friend who had also spoke with a Grade 8 class.  His friend was asked by a girl in the class that, if he had been in her class, how could she have made a difference?  His response was “You could have been my friend.”  That line was something I think everyone in my age group needs to hear.  They need to hear it so they will learn that there are consequences to how you treat people.

The experience was overall very eye-opening to the real world, and what it is like if you don’t get to live with all the comfort and opportunities that we take for granted every day.