Yorkies Inspired by “Rock Monsters” Project

Zoe (Gr. 9) and Julia (Gr. 10) were inspired by the free children’s book Rock Monsters by BC mom, Amanda Marshall. The book helps explain the recent changes in the world to children and includes an activity for them. 

Zoe and Julia wanted to give back to the YHS community and spread some positivity. So they decided to send our Grade 1s and 2s “rock monster” packages so that they too could participate in this activity.

Rock Monsters are little symbols of positivity that kids can make and spread around their neighbourhoods to brighten somebody’s day. Collect some rocks, paint them bright colours, and decorate them with faces before you hide the rocks around your neighbourhood. Each different-coloured “rock monster” represents a different message during COVID-19. For example, a red rock reminds people to wash their hands, a yellow rock means to stay positive, a blue rock is to thank our healthcare heroes and essential workers, green rocks remind us to stay healthy and keep moving, the purple ones are to thank the adults in our lives, and all the other colours show us that even though we are apart, we are all connected around the world.    

Read the book, visit @rockmonsterfriends on Instagram for more ideas, and make your own Rock Monsters at home.

Thank you Zoe and Julia for all your hard work in making this special community activity happen.

Yorkies “Jean Up” for Fundraising Fest

This year our YHS Fundraising Fest took place online (May 11-25, 2020). Students were invited to submit a proposal that outlined a social initiative or organization for which they wish to support. 

Sophia, Grade 12, asked for students and staff to support BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s “Jean Up”. Jean Up, previously known as Jeans Day, is a month-long initiative to raise funds for BC Children’s Hospital to “get sick and injured kids out of their hospital gowns and into their jeans”. BC Children’s is the only hospital in the province solely dedicated to children’s health and care. Children from all over the province come to this incredible hospital to receive the best health care possible.

Sophia chose to lead this initiative as three years ago her younger brother Asher spent a month in the hospital after it was discovered he had a rare blood clot in between his skull and brain. “If it was not for the relentless efforts and support from the BC Children’s Hospital team, my family and I don’t know where Asher would be. We owe so much to the hospital and their incredible and important work.” 

If you would like to support Jean Up, click here.

Here are our some of our Senior students virtually supporting Jean Up: