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Grade Three students create “Cancer Care” fundraiser

June 30, 2016   ·   0 Comments

By Marni Walsh


On June 28, the students of Ms. Millsap’s Grade Three class at Hyland Heights Elementary School proudly presented a cheque to the Headwaters’ Health Care Foundation to help fund the hospital’s needs for cancer patients.

It was the first time fundraising for the 21-member class of eight and nine-year-olds, and they surpassed their goal of $100 first time out by raising over $120 – every penny counted and stored safely in a special jar for Tuesday’s presentation.

Their teacher, Marianne Millsap, says the children were inspired by the school’s “Me to We” group which was raising money for a boy in another country.

“We had a discussion as to why people fundraise and how important it is to be kind to others,” she says. “We started talking about how we are all different and we would share our differences.”

This led to a conversation about the difficulties some people must go through.

One of her students, Dyson Fegan started talking about “how sad it is when others are sick” and suggested that maybe the students could help.

Dyson and fellow student Kabir Basra suggested the class fundraise for cancer and call it “Cancer Care.” The students decided to give to Headwaters Hospital as it is “a hospital where we all go sometimes when we are sick.”

Ms. Millsap approached Principal Wendy Clarke, who said she felt it was great for students to take on such an excellent leadership role.

The Grade Three girls, led by Courtney Forbes and Malaeka Tanveer, decided to make Molly Pops, cut out faces on popsicle sticks, to sell for tickets. With Ms. Millsap’s supervision, the girls taught other students in the school to make the charming little Molly Pop puppets.

After two months of selling tickets for loose change, the children put on a Molly Pop show for all who bought tickets to watch. The boys decided to sell tickets for a night at the movies draw, with Ms. Millsap and educational assistant Lori Ursu donating the movie tickets as their donation to “Cancer Care.

The enthusiastic young fundraisers wanted to take the money to the hospital, but Ms. Millsap suggested they could give the money to a representative from the hospital, and on June 28, Nicole Hand, the Annual Giving Manager of the Headwaters’ Health Care Foundation, arrived to accept their donation and explain the importance of their efforts and what their money would mean to cancer patients at Headwaters’ Hospital.

Ms. Millsap describes this as a “memorable experience” and says her students gained confidence and improved their communication skills by going around to different classrooms, making announcements, and creating posters.

They learned to work together, how to set and track goals by keeping track of money and tickets, and they learned to overcome obstacles.

She says they also learned to be responsible and trustworthy taking on “a positive leadership role in the school and the community.”

Finally, the students “learned how generous people can be and how to remain committed to the end,” says their proud teacher.

“This has been solely student driven,” says Ms. Millsap, “I was just lucky to be able to be a part of such a caring and amazing class. It was so nice seeing the children work together and not wanting anything in return.”





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