Students from Heritage Elementary School had a special delivery for kids in the pediatric unit at the University Hospital of Northern B.C. (UHNBC).
The students had made piñatas and gift bags filled with books, toys, and other goodies for kids in the unit, which they delivered in person this morning (April 11).“At the beginning of our school year the leadership group at our school decided we wanted to help out three groups, so we decided to help out our town, our country and our world and we decided to start by helping out our town,” explained grade six student Taylor Tarry.
“Taylor and I decided to start out with a small product, a piñata,” added grade six student Morgan Johnson. “Then we taught the school’s leadership and we [made] a bunch more.”
The students organized a few community sponsorships and held two fundraisers including a bottle drive and guess-how-many-candies-are-in-the-jar contest to raise the money to fill the piñatas and gift bags with treats for the kids.
“There are so many ways you can help out the community,” said Tarry, about what she had learned from the experience.
“The idea of community is huge,” said Christian Silva, Aboriginal Education Worker at Heritage Elementary, who helped the students deliver the gifts.
“The administration at the school, the teachers and principal promote for the kids to do their own thinking and ask how can they build community, how they can help the community and their peers.”
Silva said this project has also promoted peer support within the school because it has brought students who might not have ever talked to each other before to work together on the same task.
“We are pretty proud and we celebrated them this morning and we had an assembly so everyone got the opportunity to share in it.”