Written by Carolyn Laroccque, teacher at St. John Fisher Senior.
St. John Fisher Senior’s Social Action Team was created in 2012 with a mission to empower students to make a difference in our communities, our country and around the world. We meet to discuss ways in which we can raise the awareness of the world around us and to make concrete changes in the lives of others. We want to make the world a little brighter!
Last year our ‘Reading Brings out the Smiles’ activity, with Rice Krispie Squares as a thank you token, raised $650 and provided operations for two children with cleft palates.
We then turned our focus to fundraising for Free the Children. We had a very successful raffle with 42 amazing prizes. Because of our community bringing in Canadian Tire money, donating gifts and buying raffle tickets, we were able to raise $1200, which went towards CHANGING a family’s life in India. They will now be able to start up their own business and their lives will become brighter.
Finally we raised $400 for the Montreal Children’s Hospital by having a ‘lollipop drive’, where one lollipop per grade level was specially marked with a ‘golden star’. The winners received a ‘free movie pass with a drink, popcorn and kinder surprise’.
This year, our first project was collecting pennies to support the ‘Water Initiative’ being promoted by Free the Children and RBC. Our goal was to have each class fill a $25 bag with pennies. One bag provides clean water for one person for life in a developing country. We were able to help 43 people by collecting $1075 in pennies!
Join us as We Create Change and bring clean water to 100,000 people. Order your penny bag at www.freethechildren.com/wecreatechange