Pointe-aux-Trembles: a school puts the package for Ukraine

Human chain, flags, blue and yellow makeup. Students from a Montreal elementary school went all out yesterday to show their solidarity with Ukrainians after raising over $3,000.

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“Even if it’s raining, I think we should go outside because people [en Ukraine] live really more difficult things than us.

This is what a 6th grade student told his teacher Barbara Szymula in view of the human chain organized in front of the Belle-Rive primary school in Pointe-aux-Trembles yesterday.

Under the horns of motorists, the approximately 500 young people lined up waved flags and observed a minute of silence.

All week, they asked those around them to collect money to give to the Red Cross.

“I didn’t think we were going to raise so much,” is surprised Isabelle Boucher, one of the three teachers who got together to organize the fundraiser.

It’s a film?

A few days after the return from spring break, teachers began to have questions from their students about the situation in Ukraine. Will the war come this far? Why does Vladimir Putin do what he does?

Without going into too much detail to avoid scaring them, they took the opportunity to introduce notions of geography, politics and even ethics and religious culture, explains Nathalie Rivest.

“Is it true? Is it a film?”, asked Barbara Szymula in particular.

For her, the war in Ukraine is a real source of anxiety. Her 92-year-old grandmother lives in Poland, 200 kilometers from the Ukrainian border, she says, holding back tears.

“She’s crying [au téléphone]. She tells us: I will not survive another world war.

Faced with all this helplessness, the three teachers invited the whole school to take action.

“Young people feel like they have helped. They feel invested,” explains Nathalie Rivest.

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