Sixth-grade classes from Viscount Alexander Public School recently gave their time volunteering at the Agapè Centre. Students spent time filling up stockings for the upcoming Stuff Your Stocking event and filled up Ziploc bags of dog and cat food for Agapè’s Kibble Kupboard.
This volunteer work is part of the Ten Months of Awesome initiative, spearheaded by teacher Andrew Gilmore, where students get to do something meaningful each month of the year.
In September, the school raised over $2,400 for cancer research through the Terry Fox Foundation. The grade six classes sold freezies at recesses to increase the amount donations.
Then, in September/October the students managed a food drive. The classes asked for donations from the school community and every morning they went around picking up cans, kept track of everything, and got it all piled up and before having delivered to the Agape Centrè.
In November, the classes went around collecting gloves, hats, and scarves for the Agapè Centre to give out to people who need it.
“This month they’re learning that you know what, you don’t have to go out and ask for donations. You can give your time to help people and that’s why we’re here,” explained Andrew Gilmore.
The students shared that they enjoyed volunteering their time and getting a behind-the-scenes look at the Agapè Centre’s operations.
“It makes me feel nice because we’re doing it to help people in need,” Madeleine told Seaway News.
“It makes me happy because I love to donate my time and help out,” added Braxton.