2:30 a.m., April 16)
end high school students to take part in unique human
Special to Orléans Online
at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School and Colonel By
Secondary School will host a human library this Thursday
in which people from various walks of life will become
living books on loan for conversation.
Books come from all backgrounds and ways of life. The
Human Book selection at the high school event will feature
actors, broadcasters, politicians, musicians, police and
health professionals, to name a few.
could a member of the Ottawa Police Tactical Unit, a radio
host, the CEO of Ottawa Hospital, or the Ambassador for
the Republic of Croatia have in common? Its the
one thing that most of us have experienced, at one time
or another it is stereotyping and or prejudice.
Books and their readers will meet for a loan period
with the chance for students to listen, to ask questions,
and to share experiences. A Human Book is a volunteer
who has decided to talk freely about their own life experiences
and expects to be heard but not to be judged.
classrooms and textbooks highlight extraordinary people
throughout history and modern day; however, we thought
it would be wonderful to punctuate these teachings with
extraordinary people in our community," says Sir
Wilfrid Laurier teacher-librarian Mei-Lan Morton.
are people who have such proficiency in various areas
(local and global) and have poignant and inspirational
stories of overcoming hardships, trauma, and discrimination,
while contributing so much of their time in our community.
of the Human Books are multi-faceted individuals with
experiences that span the globe. Students will have an
opportunity to check out individuals with
very unique perspectives and knowledge and provide insight
into various topics of interest, not readily accessible
in students daily lives. Ms. Morton added that one
of the goals of the day is to promote and inspire a sense
of Global Citizenship within the students.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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