Trails, we encourage even our yongest students to think about the world around
them, and how they can make their communities
a better place. Each day, we see acts of kindness and generosity in our
schools. This December, many of our students and staff are thinking of
others - both locally and globally. We asked school staff to share, in their own
words, how they plan to make the holidays brighter for those in need.
- Acadia Junior High School's student leadership and social activist groups joined together to lead the annual “One Big Day for Christmas” charity drive. 743 perishable food items, 1,443 articles of clothing, 158 health care items and $405.6 was donated to Siloam Mission. It was fascinating to see how something so little and special can change multiple lives all at once. This donation drive is an example of how our student body exemplifies Acadia’s four core values: excellence, empathy, respect, and community.
- Oakenwald School uses December to give back to the
community in many ways: collecting mittens and gifts for the Christmas Cheer Board, collecting non-perishable food for Winnipeg Harvest, holding a
fundraising breakfast for the Children's Wish Foundation and going to the Cheer
Board to help pack hampers.
- École Bonnycastle’s Student Action Club members are collecting winter clothing donations such as
mittens, scarves and toques for The United Way’s Koats for Kids program.
- Beaumont School’s student leadership group is doing a baby formula
drive. We’ve collected several cans of formula
and close to $1000 to purchase baby formula for Winnipeg Harvest.
Crane’s grade 3/4 classes made pottery bowls and participated in the Empty
Bowls fundraiser for Winnipeg Harvest. All of the $865 we raised was profit due to the
donations from our generous community businesses. Students are collecting
non-perishable food items for Winnipeg Harvest, as well as mittens and toques.
- École secondaire Oak
Park High School is in the spirit of giving back this holiday season. We are collecting winter items for Koats for Kids
and our staff are collecting holiday décor for
the Westgrove Family Centre. One of our grade
12 students, Skylar Ferguson has also organized a sports equipment drive for
her Sport the North campaign.
- École South Pointe’s Social Action Club arranged a Giving
Tree with scarves and mittens, as well as a Koats for Kids clothing drive.
School has donated 311 pounds of food to Winnipeg Harvest. The WE Team was
overwhelmed by the community’s generosity and support.
- Westdale School
students, staff and community have been busy donating and collecting
non-perishable food items and gifts, in order to create four Christmas Hampers
for families in our community. Our goal is to make Christmas a little merrier
for others. Together, we can make a difference for others and Accomplish
- Laidlaw School is using the Circle
of Courage to teach students about the spirit of belonging, generosity,
independence and mastery - building a community that is a place of well-being,
teaching the mind and reaching the heart (Steve Van Bockern). In support of
this, PAC have incorporated a wellness initiative, “it takes courage to be
kind”. Laidlaw are celebrating the holidays by performing random acts of
kindness and paying it forward. At the last count, our students completed 1348
random acts of kindness. In addition, students collected ten boxes of
winter clothing for Koats for Kids and created boxes of handmade greeting cards
to be delivered to our local seniors.
- Beaverlodge School made ornaments to sell during our Holiday Concert. All proceeds will go to Free
the Children. We also collected donated items
to wrap for families and donate to the Westgrove Family Resource Centre and
food for Winnipeg Harvest.
St. Avila’s grade 6 leadership students organized donations for Winnipeg
- Pembina Trails student, Atticus Mcllraith, continues to collect baby
formula through the #nochildgoeshungry campaign for Winnipeg Harvest.
- École Viscount Alexander's Me to WE group collected seven bins full of food for Winnipeg Harvest.