Grade 5 & 6 students from Battleford Central School & Bready School from Living Sky School Division No. 202 in the Battlefords are rising together to perform a choreographed dance to the song “Breaking The Chain” by Tena Clark Thursday, to raise awareness and stand up against all forms of interpersonal violence.
The effort comes through a unique program entitled Youth Rising. Modeled after the “One Billion Rising Campaign” students have been learning about the prevalence of interpersonal violence, not only world-wide but specifically in our community and in Saskatchewan.
Counsellor for both schools Jessica Labman says the issue of interpersonal violence usually stems from other issues such as high levels of anxiety and stress.
Labman says the goal of the program is to not only teach the students about interpersonal violence but to empower them to create a healthy lifestyle for themselves physically, mentally and interpersonally.
Around 150 students were filmed on May 2nd dancing in their schools and on Main Street in Battleford. The footage was compiled and a music video was created that will be shared at a community celebration Thursday at the Chapel Gallery in North Battleford at 6:30 p.m.