DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: For the last nine years, the Kids for Kids club, at R.H. Cornish Public School, has been working to help the local community and beyond.
The club is made up of Grade 7 and Grade 8 students who are looking to make a difference.
‘We base our initiatives at three levels. We do one global, one national and one local,” teacher Suzanne Garriock told The Standard.
One of the initiatives the club is doing is holding a Warm Sock Drive to support the North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre. The school is collecting socks, to be delivered to First Nation reserves in Northern Ontario.
Some of the socks will be donated to Anderson Collegiate Vocational Institute.
“At that school, there is an ongoing project to help out the homeless people, so some of the socks that we raise will go to them, and they will donate them to homeless people in need,” student Katerina Trieselmann said.
The club is looking for donations of socks from the local Scugog community. Donations of socks can be dropped off at the school at 494 Queen St. in Port Perry.
“We are encouraging everyone to bring in socks because we really have to spread awareness that this is a cause that needs attention. One of our goals in this group is to spread education and awareness. That’s when people start taking action,” Ms. Trieselmann said.
Another initiative the club is working on is helping raise funds to support the building of a new hospital in Roatan, Honduras.
“The conditions down there are pretty rough and the medical centre is not in the condition it should be,” student Laura Mereweather told The Standard.
The club was also involved in the school’s annual fall food drive. This year, the school raised two truckloads of food for Operation Scugog.
Ms. Mereweather stressed that kids can make a difference in their community and beyond.
“Being kids, it’s hard to bring awareness, because people don’t tend to listen to us because they think that we don’t have a voice and if we do have a voice, then our voice shouldn’t be heard. Bringing awareness, even to the fact of what kids can do everywhere, it’s astounding even what we’ve been able to do inside our school community,” she said.
Ms. Trieselmann said the inspiration of the group was Craig and Marc Kielburger’s 'Me to We' movement.
“They were just kids when they started all of these great things that they are doing for the world,” she said.
She also described her experience in the club as “inspirational and fun.”
The school will be holding a Mini We Day event in June.
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