Students from Warren Elementary School’s My Voice Committee hosted a fundraising recycled book and bake sale Feb. 15. Above: A few of the Grade 6 students who participated in the fundraiser, that include- Kjerstin Green, Kiara Bruenger, Lily Campbell, Bryn-Lee Procter and McKenzie Schnell. (Juliet Kadzviti/The Stonewall Argus & Teulon Times)
Students at Warren Elementary School showed their generous sides with a fundraising recycled book and bake sale held at the school Feb. 15.
The sale was not only a way to raise money for the less fortunate, but also an opportunity to celebrate I love to Read Month, by getting students to submit books they have completed, while having a chance to discover a new one.
At the sale, students could buy a book for a looney or sets of books from $3 to $5. Snacks, like cupcakes, where available for 50 cents. Proceeds from the sale will go to Main Street Project, while the remaining books will go to locations that need them, to be decided at a later date.
The initiative was organized by resource coordinator Mia Safiniuk and approximately 15 students, who are part of the school’s Grade 5/6 My Voice Committee.
“We are doing this program to support social justice and equity as well as sustainability projects,” Safiniuk said, adding the students are always looking for ways to raise funds.
The committee does work with different homeless groups and organizations, like the Siloam Mission where they go once a year to help prepare meals, Principal Chris Gamble explained.
“It’s important for children to learn empathy and the value of thinking about other people and helping those that are in need,” he said.
“I think that Warren has a very empathic student base, a lot of our students do think about others already but (this program) gives them an opportunity to explore that interest in school.”
Grade 6 student Kjerstin Green said she enjoyed taking part in the sale and added the significance of helping other people when they need assistance.
“I think its important for raising awareness for people who need help and people who don’t have a house or don’t have anywhere to go when it’s cold out,” she said.
“It’s good to help the community.”
Bryn-Lee Procter noted the same sentiment, adding it’s more than just a chance to pick out your favourite book. “It’s kind of fun and you’re doing something good for other people,” she said.
Other projects the committee has done include poverty bowl, a kid’s coats sale and the collection of pop tabs- which will go to building a wheelchair made entirely of recycled material.