Many in the school say it is the best day of the year.
Volunteers and staff have spent countless hours collecting new or gently used
gifts and transforming a section of the school into a holiday store.
The last week before winter break, more than 500 Dalhousie
students got the chance to visit the shop and select gifts for their parents,
siblings or a special adult in their life.
"It is beautiful to watch. There is just that look
in their eyes," shares school resource teacher Carol Townsley.
"Everyone loves to give and kids are often the receivers. There is just
something about allowing them to come in and pick out what they want. No one
saying they have to choose this or that. They get a chance to pick on their own
and think of the person, then get the gift wrapped."
Community members and even parents of Dalhousie teachers
volunteered to individually wrap each gift. One by one, students pick out
wrapping paper, bows and personalized tags. For many, in the school with a rich
and diverse population, it is the first time they experience this type of
"We had a newcomer from Syria and he picked out a
gift for his mom and dad. He was so happy, he said mama and papa when he held
The hope is that the holiday shop gives students a hands
on opportunity to learn more about kindness and giving that they carry with
them throughout the year.
A big thank you to everyone who donated gifts and time
including the Dalhousie organizing committee of Carol Townsley, Carla Bouchard
and Natalie Radchuk.