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In Pembina 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.

    • École 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.

    • Royal 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 Anything!

    • 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.

    • École St. Avila’s grade 6 leadership students organized donations for Winnipeg Harvest

    • 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.

    The spirit of giving


    In Pembina 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.

      • École 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.

      • Royal 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 Anything!

      • 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.

      • École St. Avila’s grade 6 leadership students organized donations for Winnipeg Harvest

      • 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.

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