The Kindergarten - Grade 2 class at Waskada School discuss the weather each morning during calendar and take this information from the Weather Network website. We read the news headline that is displayed on the page as well and one day had a discussion about the wildfires burning in Alberta. The students immediately wanted to help and began making suggestions for fundraising ideas. On Wednesday, June 1, staff and students at Waskada School hosted a community barbecue and Art Auction. Students submitted 60 pieces of art that were auctioned by Peter Downey, with the assistance of his wife, Marcie.
The support from the community was overwhelming at both the barbecue and the auction. Students demonstrated their compassion and empathy towards others and there were many curricular connections made as well.
We extend appreciation to Kay McMillan, Sharlene McGregor, Corrie van der Westhuizen, Marcie Downey and the many parents who helped out where needed at the barbecue activities the day of the event, and to Peter and Marcie Downey for hosting the art auction portion and for creating a memorable experience! Dawn Minne captured the event with her camera. And most importantly, a shout out to the students for all of their hard work and to the community members who supported the event. In total, $4,000 was raised to support relief efforts related to the wildfires burning near Fort McMurray.
We truly hope that these funds are able to support our fellow Canadians during this difficult time.