Encouraging students to give is something parents, educators, and mentors are equally invested in. Together, we instil kindness in children from a young age. Good energy is contagious, as is the spirit of giving.
School-aged children come to understand the significance of generosity on their own terms, most often by dedicating their time to certain causes.
Whether fundraising for CancerCare Manitoba, collecting items for SNOW night, or completing hours of community service, Balmoral Hall School students learn that regardless of impact their charitable acts are always meaningful.
Earlier this month, Misericordia Health Centre Foundation invited neighbourhood schools, including Balmoral Hall, to help them break a Guinness World Record for “The Largest Gathering of Angels,” and then student volunteers encouraged donations for programming at Misericordia along Maryland Bridge.
On Thu. Dec 17, BH girls will spend hours volunteering throughout Winnipeg in honour of Day of Giving. Through hands-on experiences, this annual tradition inspires students to make a difference.
Students in grades 4 and 5, for example, will make crafts for residents of Lions Place, and grades 1 to 3 will host a festive holiday party for their Mulvey School peers.
“This is a time for students to give back to our community in a thoughtful way,” says Middle and Senior School Principal Jodi Hafenbrak.
“Caring for others is about looking at the world from another’s point of view. We encourage students to do this all year, but Day of Giving allows everyone to combine their efforts in the giving spirit of the season.”
Middle School students will deliver care packages to Misericordia Place with plenty of holiday cheer as the girls sing carols. Senior School students, meanwhile, will volunteer at Winnipeg Harvest, Siloam Mission, West Broadway Youth Outreach, Newcomers Employment and Education Development Services (N.E.E.D.S.), and other local charitable organizations, spreading joy wherever they are.