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SCDSB students and staff give back to charities and their communitiesDecember 11, 2017 Category: NewsBack to News Page

​Students and staff in the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) are hosting a variety of initiatives to support charities and community members in need this holiday season. 

In addition to food and toy drives, SCDSB schools are getting creative in the spirit of giving and celebrating. The following are some examples of activities our schools have undertaken: 

Fieldcrest Elementary School
Primary students at Fieldcrest ES are putting on a play called December in our Town. Highlighting the many holiday traditions celebrated by different cultures in December, the play features students as they experience Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and Las Posadas traditions, grow to understand each other better and learn that peace, joy and hope are holiday traditions that can be shared by all. The play will run on December 19 and 20.

Tecumseth Beeton Elementary School
Led by Grade 6 students, the school is selling Secret Elf Chocolates. Proceeds will go towards sponsoring their Uganda students.

Elmvale District High School
Students in the technology shop at Elmvale District High School are building model toy cars and donating them to children in the area. The school’s house teams are also sponsoring a family through the Salvation Army.

Cameron Street Public School
Cameron Street PS is running a Giving Tree in support of My Friend’s House, a local women’s and children’s shelter. The school is asking students, staff and families to donate a variety of needed items, such as bedding, toiletry items, winter hats, mittens, etc.

Goodfellow Public School
The Learning Centre students at Goodfellow Public School are hosting a Santa Shop from December 11-15. Proceeds will go back into the Learning Centre class to purchase items for their classroom.

Banting Memorial High School
Banting Memorial High School’s Me to We club has organized the first ever Marauder's Miracle - a holiday giving campaign where students and staff are invited to bring in donations for various local charity groups. Donations are being collected from Dec. 11 to 14.

Portage View Public School
Portage View PS is hosting a Gift Gala on Dec. 13 and 14. Students will have the opportunity to purchase gifts for their family members for 25 cents per gift. The items for sale are donated by parents and staff. Funds raised benefit the school’s Community Closet, a room that supports their school community with toiletries, non-perishable food items and donated clothing for school-aged and younger children.

Collingwood Collegiate Institute
Students at Collingwood Collegiate Institute have organized an afternoon of music provided by the CCI music department on Dec. 14 from 12:45-2:40 p.m. in support of SickKids Hospital.

Baxter Central Public School
Staff at Baxter Central PS are making sure the holiday needs of two seniors in their community are met by shopping and wrapping gifts for them.

Birchview Dunes Elementary School
Over the past few years, Birchview Dunes ES has run a 12 Days of Christmas Giving Challenge within their school in support of the Wasaga Ministerial Food Bank. This year, they have stepped up the challenge by inviting other elementary schools in Wasaga Beach to participate in a friendly competition.

Georgian Bay District Secondary School
Students at Georgian Bay District Secondary School have volunteered to fill backpacks with items to help those in need during the winter months. The backpacks will be given to the Angels with Backpacks organization for distribution by the Midland Police and the Guesthouse Shelter.

SCDSB Education Centre
Staff at the Education Centre are proud to help 38 seniors who live in IOOF Seniors Homes in Barrie. The home provides a list of seniors with their “wish list”, and the staff at the Education Centre work to fulfill their wishes. The gifts are picked up and delivered by the IOOF staff.

Elementary schools running food drives are also invited to participate in the 11th annual Forest Hill Food Drive Challenge. This challenge, run by the Forest Hill PS Student Leadership Team, is a friendly competition between SCDSB elementary schools to see how many items they can collect by December 15. The top school is decided using an items per student ratio. Items will be donated to various organizations around Simcoe County, including local food banks, toy drives and charitable organizations.

High school hockey teams will compete in the Kempenfelt Cup on December 13 at the Barrie Molson Centre. Proceeds from this event will be donated to Christmas Cheer.

Jamie Campbell, Communications Officer
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