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Best Student Campaign by United Way

Best Student Campaign by United Way

Northern Secondary School Recognized for Best Student Campaign by United Way

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Categories: Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

Fundraising for United Way is a long-standing tradition for Northern Secondary School. The entire school works together knowing the positive impact it will have on their local community and the results this year are outstanding.

Northern received the 2016 Spirit Award for Best Student Campaign in recognition of its tremendous fundraising efforts that brought in $40,000 for the United Way. The ceremony was held on January 27, 2016 and marked Northern’s 20th award since 1973. The school also won the honour in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In addition, Northern received the Enbridge CN Tower Climb Student Team Award for having over 200 participants at the event.

“The students really do put in a lot of effort and the Spirit Award shows hard work pays off,” said Northern Principal Ron Felsen. “I had the chance first-hand to participate in the CN Tower Climb and the enthusiasm and commitment of these students is contagious. I am so proud to be a principal of this fantastic school.”

The principal said he was proud of his students for their ongoing commitment to the cause because it shows what a difference they can make if they all work together.

The students participated in a one-week slew of events including:

  • Faculty follies, where staff performed, sometimes making fools of themselves, and students paid to watch
  • Sax-o-grams, where the music students played songs on request for $5
  • The Great Race – each school club (i.e. student council, math team) created a team to compete against one other
  • A staff vs. students Just Dance competition using Nintendo Wii
  • The annual student fashion show and silent auction with all proceeds going directly to the United Way


Throughout the school, you can feel the sheer excitement. The students shared their passion for the week-long program, with one Northern SS student noting that they work so hard “because it feels great to give back to our community and the United Way is a great cause deserving and in need of our efforts.”

Northern Secondary School aims to build a community outside of the classroom. The student-led fundraising initiatives for United Way will continue in the future with hopes that other schools jump on the bandwagon in support of such a worthy cause.

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