Shannen and the Dream for A School

Shannen and the Dream for A School

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Shannen Koostachin was a student growing up in Attawapiskat First Nation, a small community in Northern Ontario. The local school closed 20 years ago after an oil spill and since then the children have had nothing but a few portables to learn in. This is the story of Shannen's fight to have a new school built in her community.
Publisher: Toronto : Second Story Press, c2011.
ISBN: 9781926920306
Branch Call Number: J 971.00497323092 Koost -W
Characteristics: 206 p. : ill. --


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Apr 17, 2013

This is a great book because in the beginning it sounded sad because her school got destroyed. But did Shannon give up NO. she engorged everyone and got her school back.

Mar 26, 2013

In the beginning, I thought it was sad, but how the book went through it got better I am really proud of Shannon for encourage others to help bring back her School. It is a very boring book but, it is still a good book.

Feb 19, 2013

Before I read this book. I knew that Shannen and her friends needed a new school, because there old school got destroyed. The learnt in a portable and very few learnt allot. I also knew that instead of going to Niagara Falls the went to Ottawa with the money they raised kids were laughing at the idea but she explained it to them and there parents. Very soon they got to go. When the reached there they made banners saying "Don't forget us" and "We need a new school". I really liked this book and it made a difference in my life that I am so thankful for a school.

Feb 05, 2013

Shannon was so strong, but I can't believe she got in a car accident.

Jan 24, 2013

Cool Author Fact: JANET WILSON ends each day in her studio painting still life or portraits from life.

SPL_Childrens May 25, 2012

Shannen Koostachin was another young Canadian who fought for the right to attend a “normal” school.
The remote northern Ontario community of Attawapiskat, home to about 2000 people, is situated at the mouth of the Attawapiskat River on the west shore of James Bay.
For years, Shannen and the other children of Attawapiskat had been hoping for a new school to replace their cold, overcrowded portable classrooms. In Shannen’s classroom, the day’s lessons didn’t begin until an old scarf was stuffed into the gap below the door against the frigid outside air that crept in everywhere. Students wore their coats and boots throughout the day.
Shannen loved learning – but not in the discomfort of the portables. Why couldn’t her community have a regular school – with a gymnasium, safe water, heated classrooms and hallways - as government officials had long ago promised? Didn’t they care that education is a key to surmounting the many problems faced by communities such as hers (such as high student dropout rates, unemployment, loss of hope for the future, depression, suicide and substance abuse)?
Shannon, her family, friends and community decided to act. They made a YouTube video. They traveled to Ottawa to speak to politicians, and their cause – that all children, including First Nations children, deserve an education - garnered national attention. When Shannen and her fellow student ambassadors went to the United Nations, the Attawapiskat School Campaign became the largest child-led children’s rights movement in Canadian history – and it finally met with success.
The new school in Attawapiskat, with a playground and athletic fields, is scheduled to open in 2013.
Tragically, Shannen will never see the new school. Returning from a trip to Ottawa in May 2010, she was killed when the minivan in which she was a passenger collided with a transport truck.
The touching story of Shannen and her dream is a true story, and author Janet Wilson has included a glossary of Cree words, a timeline and other helpful background information

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