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Nothing?

June 7, 2007
On June 4th, I had the privilege of watching a short video produced by St. Marguerite d'Youville Secondary School on CBC. The piece was actually from an assignment in D'Youville's Grade 11 Communications Technology course. The short segment, "Nothing Isn't Always Nothing", won the Making the Grade 2 Video Contest sponsored by CBC Television.
I was impressed with the storyboard of the video. In just a few minutes, without any dialogue and using music and visuals alone, I was reminded of how each person -- in this case, each student in a class -- has their own cross to bear. Althought the flashback scenes were scenes of bullying, abuse, addiction, peer pressure, that was not the point of the video. I would say it was more of a comment to parents and to society in general about the lack of real communication. When we ask someone, "How are you?" are we really open to a more lengthy and involved answer? Are we ready to go beyond listening to "Fine, thank you" or the usual "Nothing"? Maybe if we were better parents, friends, or mentors, there wouldn't be so much violence and retaliation? It may not be the only answer, but what a great start!
Margaret D'Youville Secondary School is one of the schools in the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board. Salt + Light is proud to partner with Dufferin-Peel CDSB in promoting safe, caring and inclusive school communities through bullying prevention messages, with a faith perspective, across the curriculum. Currently, we are producing with them a 10-part DVD series featuring elementary and high school students engaged in the challenging struggle of making right choices in their everyday life. I hope, with this project, that not only the school communities but also parents and families will become more aware of what their children are struggling with and overcoming with the aid of their faith. Watch for this series in the fall of 2007!
By the way, the clip "Nothing isn't Always Nothing" is actually on YouTube. Figures -- young people know the power of the media and where to go to get the message out. And what a crucial message to get out --- mom, dad, can we talk?

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