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Church St PS gives gifts that count

Church St PS gives gifts that count

Friday, December 18, 2015
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

Grades 2, 4, and 6 students at Church Street PS banded together recently to help newcomers to Toronto. Over the month of November, students collected food, hatsmitts, and toys on behalf of the Christie Refugee Welcome Centre in Toronto. Since 1989, the centre has been the first Canadian home for more than 11,000 refugees.

“The response from our school community has been overwhelming and heartwarming,” said grade 5/6 teacher Sarah Gibson. When the dust settled, the school had collected a whopping 305 food items, 85 clothing items (including jackets/boots), 135 toys, and 86 hats/mitts. 

On December 16, staff dropped off the donations to the welcome centre. “We are very grateful for the generous donation of food, toys, and winter clothes,” said Housing Worker Sandy Liotiris. “This donation will be a great addition to our efforts to prepare our families for their first winter in Canada and their first Canadian Christmas. The toys will bring great joy to the children in our shelter.” 

Gibson said that the drive was not only a success for the amount of goods collected, but also for the awareness it created. “A significant number of newcomers to Toronto will be children who will be attending TDSB schools and we at Church Street are ready and excited to personally welcome them.”

Students at the small downtown school learned that the Christie Refugee Welcome Centre provides shelter and a safe haven for refugee families from many different countries. "I am grateful to have played a small part in helping newcomers settle in Canada," said Luqman. Schoolmate Ilijana agreed and added "I've learned from this experience that even one person can make a huge difference." 

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