During the winter months, when the mercury dropped and it was too cold to go outside, a Grade 5 class at Pacific Junction School sized an opportunity to do something good. A small group of students used indoor recess time to create fidgetz and then sold them as a fundraiser for The Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg.
“For me seeing their leadership skills flourish this year is something that I feel so proud of, said Ronna Joudan, Grade 5 teacher, Pacific Junction School
Joudan taught the same group of students in Kindergarten and is constantly inspired by watching them continue to grow.
“Especially with COVID, it was hard to know what the year would bring for them. They are taking a tough year, putting a positive spin on it and finding joy in giving back.”
The team created roughly 180 fidgetz. Making them was not as much of a challenge as selling. Due to current health restrictions, they were unable to go class to class to raise funds. Instead, they got creative and made a commercial on TEAMS to spread the word.
“We didn’t expect to raise this much. It was really fun and we learned a lot,” shared Adalyn, Grade 5 student.
In all $386 dollars was collected. The group quickly agreed to support The Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg.
“Because of COVID it is really hard and especially at hospitals right now for patients and people working there,” said Layla.
“We picked the hospital because we are children and we don’t know what patients are facing and they are going through so much. We wanted to make them feel as comfortable as we possibly can,” said Lauren, Grade 5 student.
Congratulations, Pacific Junction School. You have made us #PembinaTrailsProud