It has been a few months since our class write-up made the deadline for the newsletter but that’s not to say we haven’t been busy spreading random acts of kindness. We will fill you in on what we’ve been up to.
Back in January we made lists of things we could do to make a difference in 2018. We then chose one or two of our ideas to write in more detail, and then many of us acted on them. One group of girls wanted to have a bake sale and split the money they raised between the BTHC children’s ward and the Pembina Valley Humane Society. Other students in our class (and their Moms) helped by bringing in baking and of course the rest of us helped by buying and eating it! Over $150.00 was raised for EACH organization! A huge thank you to everyone.
Some students from our class have also been busy making calming mats for the dogs at the Pembina Valley Humane Society. The Society would eventually like to put a mat in each kennel and a couple with the cats as well. What we need are donations of old fleece blankets or fleece left over from a sewing project. If you can help us out, please drop your donation off at our classroom or send it to school with any student from ÉMMS. We will cut it into strips and use the strips to produce the mats.
We have now made two visits to Homestead South. At our last visit we shared the stories we had created after interviewing some of the residents. The residents acted as our editors helping us to ensure we had our facts right and names and places spelled correctly. We really made the residents’ day by spending time with them, and there were a lot of smiles on our students’ faces too. The next step is to print off good copies and pictures of our stories, bind them into a booklet, and return to Homestead South to present the booklet to the residents.
Back in the fall we received a letter from a former teacher of ÉMMS. Mrs. Checkley now teaches grade 5 in The Pas and her class asked to be our pen pals. We have written and received 3 letters from them at this point. We hope Mrs. Checkley’s class is as excited to receive our letters as we are to receive theirs!
There are several more “pay it forward” activities coming up and we will do our best to let you know how they turn out. You might have noticed we are behind in our “pay it forward cakes,” but once winter after-school activities slow down we hope to get back to baking. Who will be the next class to receive a morning or afternoon treat??
In the meantime, please remember you can recycle your old batteries, markers, and now fleece through our classroom.