Nathan Ellis of Abbotsford Senior Secondary was among the students who participated n the filming of the Character Matters video at Eugene Reimer Middle School. Submitted photo

Abbotsford students create ‘Character Matters’ website and video

Project started by Grade 6 class at Eugene Reimer Middle School

The Grade 6 class at Eugene Reimer Middle School is heading a web page and a video project that are filled with advice from students, parents and community members.

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, preschoolers and even a 90-year-old citizen.

Also participating were Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun, Police Chief Mike Serr 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.

The website is now live (sites.google.com/learn34.com/eugenereimer/home).

A message posted on the website from Eugene Reimer students says that their goal for the project was to have students of all ages from across Abbotsford “recognize a bit of themselves in each other” and in community members.

“We are proud that this project connects, and strengthens relationships between school, home and community,” the message states.

“We gave advice to our younger self by reflecting on our past decisions. This advice was authentic and meaningful and helped us understand who we are.”

The students said the project helped them learn more about integrity, respect, responsibility, courage and empathy.

“We feel inspired, committed and empowered to building a stronger Abbotsford,” they said.

The video is now in the editing stages and will be revealed at a special event at the school on June 3 at 1 p.m.

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Mayor Henry Braun (back row, third from left) was among those who participated in the Character Matters video project at Eugene Reimer Middle School. (Submitted photo)

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