Citizenship on Display as World Cup Craze Hits CBE

Dec. 02, 2022

​​​Team Canada’s participation at the 2022 FIFA World Cup was a rallying point for die-hard soccer fans and casual observers of the Beautiful Game alike —​ all across the country.

That sense of camaraderie​ came alive at the Calgary Board of Education as many schools across the district gathered together to watch Calgary soccer star Sam Adekugbe and his teammates during the opening round of the World Cup.

At Rideau Park School, dozens of students woke up early to catch Canada’s last hurrah against Morocco on Dec. 1. To promote citizenship within their own community, students brought in items for the Mayor's Annual Food Drive campaign, which raises food and funds to help Calgarians needing food support.

“Our students are leading the charge — from the littlest ones in Kindergarten to the rest of the school,” said Travis Robertson, Principal at Rideau Park School. “The students are the ones who are making sure every family is aware of the wish-list from the food bank.”

It was a memorable moment in many different ways. Robertson said that teachers used the opportunity to talk with students about local and global citizenship and it also helped to cultivate a sense of belonging by bringing everyone together.

“I am so excited to see what the rest of the year holds, in terms of rich learning and opportunities to come together as a school to support our community,” he said.​