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Culture of Philanthropy Flourishing at Junior School
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from Bridge Magazine, Winter 2024 Edition

At Collingwood School, we are committed to contributing positively to our local communities. This commitment begins to take shape in the earliest grades at Wentworth through service learning initiatives that help our students begin to develop into community-minded, global citizens who strive to make the world a better place. While service learning occurs throughout the school year, the holidays are always a very special time for our students to get involved in the local community. This past December was an especially busy month for service-learning initiatives.

BC Children’s Hospital Toy Drive

Junior Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Gr. 1 and Gr. 3 students worked to collect a specific list of items that are suitable for a children’s hospital environment. Each student student brought in one toy to donate to BCCH. These gifts are available year-round to sick children and their siblings for birthdays and other special moments. The toys were delivered to BCCH in December, with two students from each homeroom assisting with the delivery. Junior School Principal Young even volunteered to drive the bus!

Gr. 2 Friendship Boxes for Thunderbird Elementary School in East Vancouver

This project integrates well with ADST as students use the design cycle to create two sock puppets. One to take home and the other to put in their buddy’s Friendship Box. Our Gr. 2 students wrote a story or comic and used the puppet characters they created to tell the story. Students filled and decorated a Friendship Box for their Thunderbird Elementary buddy. They met each other in mid-December when our Gr. 2 students travelled to East Vancouver for the delivery.

West Vancouver Fire Hall Tree Ornaments

In December, each of our Gr. 1 students created a holiday ornament for the tree at West Vancouver Fire Hall #1. As a very exciting part of this initiative, a West Vancouver Fire Department pump truck visited Wentworth to pick up the ornaments!

North Shore Family Services Holiday Hampers

This December, Gr. 4-7 students prepared holiday hampers for people in need on the North Shore. Each homeroom took on one or two sponsors and provided them with a hamper for the holiday season. Sponsors provided a wish list, and each homeroom class representative was in charge of the shopping. All items were brought to the Wentworth campus so that students could wrap and personalize the hampers before they were delivered to the Christmas Bureau at Capilano Mall.

Soap For Hope

This December, Wentworth ran a campus-wide Soap for Hope campaign. This initiative involves collecting large bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other toiletry items. A group of students from Wentworth travelled to the Christmas Bureau to sort and pack small bags of these items, which supplemented the holiday hampers and also helped families year-round.

Wentworth Faculty Service

This December, Wentworth also ran a food drive for Maywood Community School in Burnaby in support of 60 families in need of culturally specific food items.

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