Neil Ross students get creative to buy bricks
Rain or shine for Mayor's Walk
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 06:00 am
The students at Neil M. Ross Catholic Elementary school really know how to get creative for a cause. They have taken a popular philanthropic philosophy to heart in a big way.
Grade 6 teacher Jody Savoie said the kids have really taken to the Me to We movement. They took the initiative to have each class create its own group art project.
“It was a really cool project. Each class had a canvas and each student in each class had a hand in creating art on a part of that canvas,” she began.
“One class did birds. One class did a cross. Each student wrote a passage from the bible on a piece of wood and they put it together to make a giant cross. One class did photo art. The kindergarten kids did fingerprint art. They had a big tree but all the leaves were the fingerprints. Every kid had a touch on a piece of work that was auctioned off.”
The collected works were sold during a silent auction that was set up for last month’s parent-teacher interviews, held during the last week before spring break. Altogether, the sale of more than 20 pieces of original art brought in over $2,500 for the school’s Brick by Brick project.
“The money is going toward building a school in an underprivileged country.”
The students then went on to participate in a Silent Day activity, which took place this last Thursday. Another Me to We initiative, the activity got the students to go without talking as a way of bringing attention to an important social justice issue: children who don’t have a voice in the world. Savoie indicated that this refers to children who are labourers, those who are bullied or who don’t have access to a basic education.
The Grade 6 students went silent for the whole day while the rest of the classes had periods of silence.
Next month, the students will get right into Break a Rule Day where they can wear a hat during class or break other school rules in exchange for a donation to the cause.
Mayor’s Walk today
The Red Willow Trails will be replete with participants in this morning’s Roy Financial Mayor’s Walk for Charity. There are more than 30 community organizations that are registered to directly benefit from this annual event. All of the pledges go straight to the causes, all thanks to major sponsor Roy Financial covering the administrative costs.
The family and pet-friendly walk features a 3K walk and a 5K run. It all starts at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Albert Minor Baseball Association Clubhouse, 215 Sturgeon Road.
For more information or to register, people can also call 780-459-7377, ext. 226 or go to the St. Albert Family Resource Centre at #10A, 215 Carnegie Dr.
People can also register online at www.royfinancialmayorswalk.com.