Students fill backpacks for people in need
WATERLOO REGION Clients at four local shelters will get backpacks filled with gifts this Christmas, all packed by the young hands of students from local public elementary schools.
The Backpacks for Shelters initiative, organized by the local unit of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, collects donations of toiletries, clothing, books and to timberland outlet ys and distributes the backpacks to Anselma House and St. Monica House in Kitchener, and Bridges Shelter and Haven House in Cambridge.
Students at the junior kindergarten to Grade 6 school filled 40 backpacks, plus two Zehrs bags. Snider said each class talked about giving and helping others in need.
“I asked children to put their hands up if they had a good breakfast, to put their hands up if they had a lunch or a mom or dad at home to help them,” she said.
“The idea is to highlight what we have and how can we be our kindest selves, especially at this time of the year.”
At Mary Johnston Public School in Waterloo, teacher Steven Howard co ordinated collection efforts with the help of students from the school’s M timberland outlet e to We club, a Free the Children initiative.
Howard said letters were sent home to parents asking for their support. In classrooms, teachers engaged students by talking about shelters and why they are needed.
Howard said families were generous, donating gift cards, baby items and clothing and toys and books for children.
“I filled my entire van with donations,” he said.
The backpack program, which h timberland outlet as been operated by the teach timberland outlet ers’ federation for nine years, encourages schools to collect the items as a school wide activity, a classroom project or among staff, said union vice president Nancy Hutcheson.
About 40 local elementary schools participated in the program this year, Hutcheson said. The backpacks are sorted at the shelters so that clients get what they need the most.