Comedy Night Project

Comedy Night Fundraiser for United Way - Summer Success Program

Regina Public Schools held a Comedy Night on Saturday, November 19, 2016 to raise funds for United Way’s Summer Success Literacy Program. Guests were treated to pre-show entertainment by pianist and singer, Carlie Hinz and Umoja Drummers: One Heart - One Beat.  The Master of Ceremonies, Lorie Lindsay from Z99 kicked off the night and introduced Greg Enion, Director of Education for Regina Public Schools. Greg shared the impact that Summer Success Literacy Camps can have on the children who attend the camps, and noted that they provide children with a unique learning opportunity for a two‐week block over the summer.  The camps focus on small group literacy instruction, nutrition, and fun activities. The goal of this program is to prevent students from sliding in their reading level.  Greg’s greetings also highlighted the impact our community can have when we work together.  Following this, he called up Lori Daelick and Jorie Gilroy to help present a cheque for $15,000.00 to United Way Regina’s CEO, Robin Edwards-Bentz, and Director, Amanda Lanoway.  This money was raised by the Comedy Night Committee prior to the start of the event through ticket and jewellery sales.  

The night continued with junior comedians, Adam Munro and Torin Farrow, two Grade 4 students from Jack MacKenzie School, who are well known for their comedic talent.  They received a standing ovation and stole the show with their adorable comedy routine.
Jessica Burnett, a local recording artist, then stunned the crowd with her beautiful voice.  She performed a remix of the song “Hall of Fame.”  The lyrics in this song encourage listeners to follow their hopes and dreams and work towards becoming all that they can be. This is exactly what the Summer Success program aims to do for its students.  Jessica was accompanied by guitar player Ethan Reoch, pianist Marlene Hinz, drummer Terry Schiisler, and Umoja: One Heart - One Beat.
The main feature of the evening was Saskatchewan’s own comedian, Kelly Taylor, who performed for a sold-out crowd of over 500 guests. Kelly noted in the show that he gave up his childhood dream of having a career in hockey to become a comedian. One thing was for sure, this funnyman sure knows how to score on stage.  He had guests laughing in their seats all night and it wasn’t hard to see why he is known as one of Canada’s best!
In addition to the show, guests could enjoy a wide assortment of decadent desserts that were prepared by Campus Regina Public, Campbell Collegiate and Winston Knoll’s culinary programs. They also shopped for hand-crafted jewellery that was created by Grade 2 students and students in the Jack MacKenzie Jewellery Club.
A Silent Auction offered guests an opportunity to bid on 58 items that included something for everyone such as, dining experiences, Seinfeld tickets, art work, spa packages, autographed jerseys, and various other items.  A 50/50 raffle and Photo Booth also helped raise funds.
The event was held at Jack MacKenzie School.  The school’s motto is “Where Effort and Kindness Counts.” This statement could not have been more evident in the halls of this building during the days leading up to this event as the staff pulled together to create a beautiful space for everyone to enjoy.  On the night of the event there were over 60 volunteers from all over our school division who worked diligently to make this night a success.

In the end, the RPS Comedy Night raised a grand total of $25,382.40.  A huge heartfelt thank you goes out to all of the volunteers, performers and individuals who assisted with or bought a ticket for this event. Without all of you, this night would not have been possible. You have helped to improve lives locally and your support will help change the game for students who need it most in our community!  All in all, this was a great night for a great cause, and a true example of what can be accomplished when an entire community works together!

We tied this project to a lot of learning that took place in our classroom.

We have begun an inquiry project in our classroom to deepen students understanding of ways in which the local community meets needs and wants of its members.  

We are using the inquiry method to engage students in investigations that expand their knowledge and deepen their understanding of people and the world around them.

The inquiry method builds on students’ natural curiosity and wonder, drawing on their diverse backgrounds, interests, and experiences. This process provides opportunities for students to become active participants in a collaborative search for meaning and understanding. Students who are engaged in inquiry:
  • construct knowledge and deep understanding rather than passively receiving it
  • are directly involved and engaged in the discovery of new knowledge
  • encounter alternative perspectives and differing ideas that transform prior knowledge and experience into deep understandings
  • transfer new knowledge and skills to new circumstances
  • take ownership and responsibility for their ongoing learning and mastery of curriculum content and skills.
(SK Curriculum Guide, Adapted from Kuhlthau & Todd, 2008, p. 1)

An important part of any inquiry process is student reflection on their learning and the documentation needed to assess the learning and make it visible. Student documentation of the inquiry process in social studies and the social sciences may take the form of works-in-progress, reflective writing, reports, notes, three-dimensional models, arts expressions, photographs, video footage, action plans, and various other representations.

Incorporating A First Nation Perspective

We read the Native American Legend "Awi Usdi, The Little Deer."

The legend starts off with animals and people all living in peace. The humans hunted the animals only when they needed food or skins to make clothing. Then the humans discovered the bow and arrow. With this weapon they could kill many animals quickly and with great ease. They began to kill animals when they did not need them for food or clothing. It seemed as if all the animals in the world would soon be exterminated. So the various animals met and it was decided that little deer would visit he hunters in their dream to tell them that they should only take what they need, not what they want if they didn't want to face serious consequences. 

Students then took part in a talking circle to discuss the story and explore the difference between needs and wants. 

October 6, 2016
Students in our classroom set up a table at Mr. MacKenzie's Brthday Pancake Breakfast to sell some of the jewellery they made to raise funds for the United Way. 

After we returned to our classroom we had a VERY engaging and exciting math lesson!!!

This experience with money helped our students develop an understanding of 
 whole numbers to 100 and 1000.

In this lesson we focused on several math outcomes such as:
  • Place value  - We looked at the ones, tens, hundreds, thousands columns several times. 
  • We practiced describing four digit 
  • numbers with words.
  • We skip counted by 2's, 5's, 10's and 20's and 50's and counted with real money!
  • We differentiated between odd and even
  • We estimated  
  • We comparing two numbers

We talked about estimation and set a goal....

Finally we added up all of our jewellery sales and have currently raised over $8,000.00 for the 
United Way. 

Students had an opportunity to meet Lori Lindsay the MC of the the Comedy Night. 

Students worked on writing letters and thank you cards to over seventy different organizations in the community to thank them for donations that they provided to our Silent Auction. 

An example of some of the items we received from local businesses. 

We practiced counting by 1's, 2's, 5's, 10's, 20's, and 50's.

We counted a lot of REAL money, when we added up all of the Comedy Night ticket sales. 
We worked on math problems that related to giving back correct change for jewellery purchases. 

We counted the money that we got back from the Board Office Jewellery Sales. 

 Before we knew it,  it was time for the big event to begin!

 Students in Grade 2 and in the Jack MacKenzie Jewellery Club 
worked for over a month before the event to get necklaces and bracelets ready to sell. 
This was the Jewellery Room. 
We enjoyed watching the student comedians practiced their comedy act.

All of the comedians did an outstanding job on the night of the event.
                        The event raised a lot of money through ticket sales.

Through ticket and jewellery sales prior to the start of the event we were able to present the United Way with a cheque for $15,000.00.
                        We didn't stop there, an additional ten thousand dollars was raised that evening.  There was a dessert and beverage station set up. Desserts were prepared by local high school students. 

Parent volunteers helped sell 50/50 tickets.

A Silent Auction offered guests a great variety of items to bid on. 

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