A group of students from Drumheller Valley Secondary School are getting ready for what could be the most important field trip of their high school years.

WE Day Alberta is an annual event that brings together high school students from around the province to listen to inspirational speakers and be entertained by popular musicians.

"WE Day is this motivational, inspirational Mecca," exclaimed teacher Jason Rasmussen, who has been in charge of the school's WE program and the Friends of Rachel (FOR) Club for years. "Every time I've been to it, you come away and you see this energy in the eyes of the students that you take. They leave feeling empowered, they believe in themselves, they believe in the future: how is that not inspirational?"

"We've got 25 tickets, two (of them) supervisors," reported Rasmussen. "I'm not going to be a supervisor: I'm letting a couple other people go in my place. I've already missed a couple of (teaching) days because of football, so I didn't want to miss another one."

Students must earn their way to WE Day by accomplishing a number of in-school initiatives.

"So much of what the FOR Club does in the school is not just local, but we've got a couple of international fundraising activities that we do," explained Rasmussen. "The students that are part of FOR Club, they believe they can change the world."

They will board a bus to Edmonton on Friday, October 12 for the all day affair at Rogers Place Arena.


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