District Highlights

2016 Leaders of Tomorrow: Kacie Charkas – Harry Hooge

Kacie has been demonstrating strong leadership skills since her early days at Harry Hooge. She has taken great pride in being an integral part of the Knights 4 Change – a student-led leadership club – and during the 2015-16 school year she single-handedly raised well over $1000 for the club’s initiatives.

Her strong sense of global citizenship has resulted in countless hours spent making crafts for the annual Christmas craft fair – with all proceeds going to the club. She was also very active on Halloween night, collecting food for the Friends in Need food bank.  Kacie and her friends collected over 260 pounds of food! 

Kacie is an excellent role model and has been a true leader in many areas of school community – be it in the classroom, with her younger reader buddy, the school media club, or DSAC. She has a mature sense of her place in the world and strives to contribute whenever possible. She is a gifted public speaker and has been selected on multiple occasions to represent the school at the district public speaking sessions. She has also worked with various student initiatives at the district level.

Kacie’s true passion is dance, and her commitment to this is also impressive. But despite missing time at school for certain competitions, she has always maintained honour roll status and been able to keep up-to-date with any assignments.

During the 2015-16 school year, Kacie chaired the “Knights 4 Change” club and helped to organize the annual Water Walk – bringing new awareness to many classes in the school about child poverty and water issues around the world.

She had the opportunity to meet Spencer West last year and this has had a strong impact on her sense of world issues. The club’s successes this year – over $1600 raised in the Vow of Silence, sponsorship of a student through Hands Up For Africa, money donated to a Syrian Refugee family, 600-plus pounds of food raised for Friends in Need, and an additional $2000 sent to help Free The Children in Kenya – are largely because of her commitment and leadership. She is a delight to work with and a true inspiration.


About Leaders of Tomorrow

The Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District (SD42) has teamed up with the Maple Ridge News to celebrate local students who are making a difference at school and in the community. Elementary and secondary students featured as Leaders of Tomorrow were picked by their principals for making positive achievements in academics, sports, arts and community involvement.

The list is just a sample of outstanding students in the school district selected by their school during the 2015/16 school year – there are many others  who were equally deserving of recognition for their exemplary achievements both inside and outside the classroom. ?

Every Tuesday throughout the school year, SD42 will profile a student selected as one of the 2016 Leaders of Tomorrow.

Leaders Tomorrow

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