CANMORE – A fundraiser organized by Grade 5 students at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Academy that involved making bath bombs will help a local organization and global cause.
The students, who made 180 bath bombs on a field trip to Rocky Mountain Soap Company, sold them for $5 each to raise $1,200 for not only the Homelessness Society of the Bow Valley, but also those impacted by the earthquake in Syria and Turkey.
“It was great for them to see their money going toward a cause,” said Kathie Glowinski, Grade 5 teacher at OLS.
The idea to focus on homelessness in the Bow Valley came from a conversation with the students about where the money should go.
“A lot of kids have been interested in helping the homeless in the Bow Valley,” said Glowinski. “We brainstormed together some local organizations and they came up with all sorts of things.”
Getting the students interested in helping locally and globally is an important part of the curriculum and helping the students grow into adults.
“I think the idea is to develop good citizenship, and that it is locally and globally,” said Lise Konik, a Grade 5 teacher at OLS. “They see the difference they are making.”
Last year, money raised through the Lenten Service Project of the students was raised for the Red Cross for Ukraine, and a local woman who was a refugee that had settled in the Bow Valley.
A representative with the Homelessness Society of the Bow Valley spoke with the class Tuesday (March 21) and the students presented a cheque for the money raised. She will tell the students about how their money will make a difference.
“The kids are able to share and talk with people who are doing that sort of work. It is really meaningful to them,” said Konik.