Maynard – Members of Maynard Public School’s Student Council lead students in raising over $500 to purchase school items for four new
refugees through the Refugees for Brockville program.
Shanda Foxton and Jennifer Wilson, teachers at the school, spear-headed the backpack campaign to align with the students’ learning in the classroom. Grade 5/6 students have been studying the novel Refugee by Alan Gratz, which includes stories about three separate children seeking refuge.
To raise money for their campaign, the students did several in-school fundraisers, the biggest of which was a bake sale. Students invited families to donate baked goods and then sold over 2 days, raising $450. This money went to purchase and fill four separate backpacks for the refugee children. They filled the bags with items such as a lunch bag, a full pencil case, ear buds and many other school supplies that are not supplied in the classroom.
On Friday, January 11, Refugees for Brockville’s Committee Member Isabelle Gingras visited Maynard to collect the filled backpacks. Gingras was overjoyed with the efforts of the students. She explained that this initiative will show the new families that they are welcome and loved by their community.