Little School, Big Heart

December 22, 2015   ·   0 Comments

Grade 8 students at St. James Catholic School in Colgan recently completed a project with the goal of teaching other children about social justice, community and charity. The project encompassed many learning opportunities from various forms of writing, editing, marketing, interviewing, presentation and voting. It generated a spark in the kids to create prototypes and products that were to be sold at the Holiday Sale within the school. The kids designed posters, created commercials for the announcements for each of their products and then worked on their math skills with cost analysis, profit margins and accounting principles. The project has been assigned to Grade 8 students at the “Little School with a Big Heart” a the past few years, and each year the students choose a charity to be the recipient of the proceeds from the sale of their items. This year, one female student chose My Sister’s Place (MSP) as her charity because she and her family lived at the shelter. The student felt very passionately about giving back to an organization that helped her, her little brother and mom when her mom was fleeing the abusive relationship she was in with her dad. She told Jennifer Cloutier-Jury, public relations/fundraising coordinator for MSP, that she felt “safe at the shelter, from what she remembered, and although counselling was not her favorite part she really appreciated My Sister’s Place for being there.” This young girl was brave enough to tell others about the shelter and her experiences to convince her peers to support MSP. Cloutier-Jury went to the school as a guest speaker and spoke with the class for over an hour about what the shelter does to help women and children in need. “I spoke of how we help, and a little bit about the types of abuse,” said Cloutier-Jury. “The students were very receptive, asked plenty of questions and were very open to discuss the subject. They showed me their awesome creations and invited me to the sale.” Proceeds from the sale were turned over last week, before the school closed for the holiday season.

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