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This year we collected feedback from students in grades 4, 5 and 6 through a survey called, “Tell Them From Me”. At this month’s School Council Meeting we will be reviewing what we have learned from the survey, but we would like to focus on one item that students identified as a real highlight of the school, Sandwich Fridays. In the survey, students stated that one of the things our school should be proud of was our work with the Drop-In Centre and that this work assisted them in better understanding their faith. As a staff we felt it was important that we go and discover more about the Drop-In Centre so we could share this with our students. This was the focus of our January Professional Development Day. Here are some of the things we learned about the Drop-In Centre:
- The Calgary Drop-In Centre is the largest homeless facility in North America
- Over 3000 meals are served at the Dl every day
- The Drop-In Centre operates their kitchen on a budget of $1.40/day
- There is no limit on how long a client can stay and get assistance at the Drop-In Centre
- Most clients at the Drop-In Centre only use the assistance for a short period of time and then get back on their feet
- The Drop-In Centre not only provides meals but also offers a place to stay for some clients
- The Drop-In Centre provides art therapy to assist clients, counselling and courses that can lead to employment
- There are multiple levels of support available for clients including showers, laundry, sleeping accommodations and clothing
As we move forward with our work with the Drop-In Centre we have had students from our Social Justice Club express interest in doing a collection of some items the Drop-In Centre identified as high need items. Some of these items can be gently used and others could be purchased. The students are currently putting together their advertisement for the Drive and information will be sent home after Teachers’ Convention. It is great to see the students recognizing a need in the community and demonstrating their leadership in assisting with the need.
A big thank you to Strathcona Sobeys for their generous donation of 20 gingerbread kits. Our Grade Four classes thoroughly enjoyed decorating them!
On Monday, September 28, John Costello held our annual Terry Fox Run. We also spelled out “Humility” on the hill behind our school. We are in the third and final year of our faith theme from Micah 6:8, “Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God.” Click on the photo to view the video!