MOOSE JAW – A group of Moose Jaw Westmount Elementary School students are very close to reaching a major goal through the school’s generosity club.
They’re raising money to build a school in Kenya. The fundraising goal is $10,000 through Free the Children‘s We Create Change initiative. They’ve already reached $9000 by putting on movie nights and hat days at school, selling raffle tickets, and holding craft shows.
The 20 students who make up the club were inspired to do something global after attending We Day in Saskatoon this year.
“Generosity club is basically, we’re trying to make a difference in the world because we care,” said Hazel Hutchinson, Generosity Club student.
“We want to help people and show them we can do that,” added Miriam Levesque, Generosity Club student.
Now, with just $1000 left in their goal, they’re reaching out to the community for the final push.
Free the Children is going across Canada on a We Create Change tour, and Westmount Elementary is the only stop in Saskatchewan on May 27th. They hope to be able to publicly present the full $10,000 to the organization then.
The generosity club teacher, Amanda Leik, says this is the most ambitious goal the club has taken on.
“I think they can’t believe how much they can do for their community and for their world,” she said proudly. “I mean we started out small helping our local humane society by raising money and donating food. And then we went global and did our Operation Christmas Child. Our original goal was 20 boxes and we ended up packing 66. So the kids can see what a change they can make in the world. And to be this close to building their school it’s phenomenal.”
“It would be a really good thing to donate because we’re helping a lot of people by building this school,” encourages Generosity Club student, Connor Lyle.