|An altar was set up in the gym for the prayer service. The Holodomor famine is symbolically represented by the large wooden spoon to the left|
On Thursday, November 30th, staff and students gathered in the school gym for a Holodomor prayer service. Also in attendance were two representatives from the Manitoba Department of Education. Amazingly, the service was also attended by two women who actually survived the 1932-33 famine genocide.
|Students gathered in the gym (top photo). Two survivors who lived in Ukraine during the 1932-33 man-made famine are shown in the bottom photo|
The service included a summary of the junior high visit to the Holodomor exhibit at the Manitoba Museum of Human Rights (click here to view a photo), an explanation of the significance of the five stalks of wheat, and a poem read by the grade 6 class.
|Grade 8 students (top 2 photos) and grade 6 students (bottom 4 photos)|
Two students were then selected from each grade, with one student lighting a candle at the altar and the other student leaving a flour handprint on black construction paper.
|Students (and Mrs. Stanowych) lighting a candle at the altar and leaving a flour handprint on black construction paper|
The prayer service ended with each student making the sign of the cross and bowing in front of the altar.
|Each student made the sign of the cross and bowed in front of the altar|