Caledonia Park School students are making a difference in their community with the funds they raised for the Foundation.
The school’s leadership group hosted a 30-hour famine at the school to raise funds for the CT Scanner campaign. Students who wanted to participate gave up food for the entire time and donated $20 to stay the night at the school. The following morning, they were treated to a large pancake breakfast.
The group host many events throughout the school year including food drives, traditionally in the fall, as well as an annual Sticky Note campaign where they write kind things for every student in the school and post them on the classroom doors. This time they wanted to support a campaign that was close to home and would still have a significant impact.
“We’ve supported different charities and we wanted to keep it local,” said Grade 9 leadership student Niamh O’Brien.
The whole point of staying overnight was being together. In total 33 stayed and not all were leadership kids, adding there was community support as well from Leduc Cinemas, which offered movie passes for a draw even though they never asked for donations.
More importantly, this campaign got them to think about the broader community and how they can still contribute.
“It’s important to have them to understand they can make a difference even though they’re in junior high. That’s the point of leadership.”
Quoting Margaret Mead, Colleen Zimmerman, Foundation Executive Director states, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has."
In total, the event raised $1,231. Thank you to the Leadership Group at Caledonia Park School for their contribution to the CT scanner. They have helped make a difference in the health services provided in our community. For that, we can all be grateful.