For Teachers

Hunger and homelessness can be found right here in Canada. Kids can be a part of the change with your help.

In the 2014-15 school year, Keep The Promise partnered with the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) on an anti-poverty initiative targeted to grades 5 to 8 classrooms across the country, in a campaign to create an opportunity for students to offer their vision for a Canada where all children have access to the food, education and housing they deserve.  In the 2015-16 school year, this collaboration continued, opening the opportunity to all classrooms including the senior high school years.

Things You Could Do 

Classroom Challenges and Discussion 

  • Encourage other classrooms to register and participate
  • Challenge other schools to register and participate

 Civic Engagement 

  • Letter & Email-writing campaign to municipal, provincial and federal politicians (e.g., see what happened as a result of the letter writing campaign by students at Duke of Connaught Public School to MP Craig Scott)
  • Set up student meetings with local politicians to encourage them to become Promise Keepers (e.g., see the presentation students from Greenfield Elementary School made to the Cape Breton Regional Municipal Council and find out about their KTP project as presented on CTV News Atlantic ).
  • The Canadian Teachers’ Federation has mounted a national teacher grassroots campaign called “Hear My Voice” that invites every teacher to be heard on issues related to child and youth mental health, and child poverty as we inch our way towards a federal election on Oct. 19, 2015.
  • Check out George Stroumboulopoulus’ greeting to the student delegates who attended the November 18, 2014 Ottawa Town Hall.

  • View highlights from the Town Hall at the Student Summit in Ottawa on November 18, 2014

    • View the highlights of the Ottawa Catholic School Board Keep the Promise Summit on April 28, 2015

Research Projects for Students 

Teachers may also choose to make this a formal project with the Canadian Teacher’s Federation (CTF). Check out some of the Keep The Promise initiatives teachers and students across Canada have been engaged in on the Imagineaction Showcase website and the Imagineaction Keep the Promise National Student Summit space.

Classroom Resources 

Although the original Keep the Promise project was focused on preparing for the Ottawa Summit, you can conduct a poverty inquiry with your students at any time with the revised lessons provided below. The lessons have direct connections to Language and Mathematics curriculum, and to Learning and Inquiry skills. In some cases there are also connections to content in the social studies curriculum and they definitely fit into the overall citizenship goals at all grade levels.

1.  Introduction to Lesson Plans

2.  What is Poverty Activity 1

3.  Understanding the Language Activity 2

4.  Going Deeper into Child Poverty Activity 3

5.  Reaching Consensus on Poverty Issues Activity 4

In addition, we have the  “Keep the Promise A Call to Action” booklet that you can use and the music to the Keep the Promise song is available here: Keep the Promise Song Score & Keep the Promise Song Score Electric Bass

KEEP THE PROMISE – Program Details

If you’re a TEACHER who wishes to participate with your classroom in this meaningful dialogue and social action project, here’s how to do it.

  1. Fill out a short project application form on CTF’s social justice website:, confirming your intent to participate.
  2. Using a student and teacher developed booklet, Poverty, What Is It? (click here for Poverty Booklet English & here for Poverty Booklet French), have a classroom discussion on the issue of poverty in your community.
  3. Request that your students do the research and answer the following six questions on their community. To facilitate the research, links are provided in the teacher resource on the Imagineaction website.
  • Population of the community
  • People living in poverty
  •  Children living in poverty
  • Food banks in the community
  • Unemployment rate in the community
  • Temporary housing for people who don’t have a permanent home

Students will upload their community research findings (numbers/percentages) on our interactive map of Canada.

4.  Have your students develop the idea for a classroom-community social action project that addresses the issue of poverty in their community. Students have until June 2016 to implement the project.

JUNE 30, 2016 – DEADLINE to implement classroom-community social action project.

HELP US HELP OTHERS – KEEP THE PROMISE to eliminate child poverty!

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