Samraj Rehaan of Barrowtown Elementary is among the students featured in the Character Matters video.

Samraj Rehaan of Barrowtown Elementary is among the students featured in the Character Matters video.

Abbotsford Grade 6 class video shows advice from ages four to 90

Eugene Reimer Middle School releases ‘Character Matters’ video

A “Character Matters” video made by Grade 6 students of Eugene Reimer Middle School has now been released, featuring advice from people ages four to 90.

More than 200 guests came out for the release celebration at the school on Monday, June 3.

The video includes students, teachers and other community members giving advice to their younger selves.

The Character Matters Community Video Project began last November with the students of Nerlap Sidhu’s class.

School student leaders led filming on April 10 and 11 – they were assisted by Rick Hansen Secondary teacher Dennis Neufeld – with students, parents, kids from Little Dreamers Preschool, and even a 90-year-old citizen.

Also participating were Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun, Police Chief Mike Serr, school district superintendent Kevin Godden, and Fire Chief Don Beer, as well as 10 Abbotsford schools: Clearbrook Elementary, Blue Jay, Harry Sayers, Dave Kandal, Auguston, Barrowtown, Abby Senior, Mouat Secondary, Rick Hansen Secondary and Yale Secondary.

Green Timbers Elementary in Surrey also took part.

More than 440 pieces of advice were submitted for consideration.

The video is complemented by a website (sites.google.com/learn34.com/eugenereimer/home) to showcase much of these words of wisdom.

Eugene Reimer student Harneek Randhawa said the project is important to her because it helped bring the community and different people together.

“It was a cool experience, and I am super proud I was a part of it,” she said.

Another student, Gracie Shields, said the different bits of advice offered in the video impacted how she thinks.

“I was able to understand character better as this project showed that we all have different experiences and personalities and that is why all the advice was so different,” she said.

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The youngest person featured in the “Character Matters” video is Aliyah Pires Gillard, 4.

The youngest person featured in the “Character Matters” video is Aliyah Pires Gillard, 4.

The eldest person featured in the “Character Matters” video released by a Grade 6 class at Eugene Reimer Middle School is Mary Derksen, 90.

The eldest person featured in the “Character Matters” video released by a Grade 6 class at Eugene Reimer Middle School is Mary Derksen, 90.