LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- Thousands of local students skipped school Tuesday, but it was for a very good reason. The fifth annual WeDay took over the Kentucky Center for the Arts all morning long.
The event travels across the world to bring kids from all over together to do great things in their communities.
“We Day is all about empowering kids to get involved in whatever it is they want to change. Something that our organization realized is that there wasn’t much celebration happening for that. So, WeDay is all about celebrating the amazing things that people are doing and helping them kick start what they want to get done next year,” WeDay motivational speaker Kelly Fisher said. “It can kind of feel like when you sign a petition, you’re like how much change am I making and all of these things that happen, but then you come together with so many other people, it’s really powerful to see.”
From the music to the messages of missions on a poster on the wall, everything at the event promotes positivity.
Organizers want to give students the tools they need to transform their ideas into actions.
"It’s a way to come together, celebrate, and see what everyone else is up to,” Fisher said.
This year’s WeDay included 2,400 students and educators from nearly 300 local schools. Fifth graders Sally Goldstein, Eliza Lewandowski, and Tori Hill go to Collegiate Academy. They said this event has helped them think about the ways they can impact others in a positive way.
"To think about other people, not just yourself, yeah seeing everybody else care about other people, and never give up on your hopes and stuff,” the girls said.
We always hear about the younger generation becoming the leaders of tomorrow. This event is all about empowering those students to know they don't have to wait and can instead be the leaders of today.
WeDay doesn't just do big events like the one at the Kentucky Center. It also goes into individual schools to promote the organization’s message. Leaders said studies show 80 percent of the students who participate in the curriculum are still volunteering more than four years after the training.