Columneetza students work to make a difference

The gift of giving. Students are making a difference in their school, community, and around the world.

The gift of giving. Students are making a difference in their school, community, and around the world.

The leadership students at Columneetza secondary have been working very hard at making a difference in all areas of life!

As the leadership teacher, I am extremely proud of what they have been organizing and accomplishing and I feel the community of Williams Lake needs to know the positive contributions these students are making.

Regardless of many small setbacks and frustrations, these students that I have had the pleasure of working with are still determined to make a difference in their school and beyond.

Since September, our leadership class has been organizing events and fundraisers that have benefited our school, staff, community and the International community.

To start, our class organized a “Pay to Play” to challenge the students to bring in as much change as possible in exchange for free time during class.

The students would count and roll the change and as long as they were counting and rolling, the students would get free time during class. This was a great motivator for them to bring in as much change as possible.

The first “Pay to Play” was in October and the $300 raised was donated to the “CIBC Run for the Cure” toward breast cancer.

Throughout the month of November, we held multiple fundraisers for prostate cancer, such as No Shave November Student vs. Teacher contest. It was an extremely close race, but the students were determined to win and in the end they were allowed to throw whip cream pies in the face of participating staff.

In total, staff and students raised more than $640 that was donated to “No Shave November” toward prostate cancer research.

Later in the month, we hosted a fabulous talent show that included both CSS and WLSS students. The talent was absolutely amazing with many standing ovations.

In total we raised more than $957, $850 of which is being donated to build a well in India.

We have also been working very hard at being positive influences and good role models in our school. On Nov. 30, we put up Post-it notes with a positive phrase on every single locker in the school, as well as on teachers’ doors, in the office, and in the hallways. When the students came back to school the next day, they each found one of these notes on their lockers to help brighten their day. Some students and teachers have even kept them to this day.

For the month of December, we were determined to donate all of our fundraising efforts to the Cariboo Memorial Hospital Foundation toward a digital mammography unit. We had many events, such as giant stocking guess, candy cane grams, game night and on the last day we organized our first Christmas pancake breakfast for our staff and students.

With generous donations from Margetts Meats, Safeway, Real Canadian Wholesale Store, and Save On Foods, we were able to make this first breakfast a great success. Regardless of the many trips to the grocery store, we were able to make close to $550. In the end, the students will be donating $600 towards the mammography unit.

The other two fundraisers we took on were the gift/toy drive with many classes making big differences to teenagers ages 13-17 years old and a food drive that saw a back of a pick-up and its interior being stuffed full of boxes of non-perishable food items.

In the end, we want to thank everyone who participated and donated and we would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas, a happy new year, and a fabulous 2012!

From Robin Fofonoff and the leadership students of Columneetza.

Written by Carina Mutschele and Robin Fofonoff.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A woman wears a face mask and shield to curb the spread of COVID-19 while walking in North Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
57 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health region

Thirty people in the region are in hospital, 16 of whom are in intensive care

Kari, a 12-year-old Belted Galloway, produced triplets Wednesday, April 27. Mother and babies are doing fine. (Kelly Sinoski photo -100 Mile Free Press).
Holy cow: triplets born in 100 Mile House

Linda and Don Savjord witnessed a rare experience last week at Bridge Creek Ranch.

Fireman’s Fairways between Chimney and Felker lakes is slated to open soon, following a clean up work bee this Sunday, May 9 starting at 10 a.m. (Photo submitted)
Cleanup slated for Sunday, May 9 at Fireman’s Fairways Golf Course

Fireman’s Fairway is an 11-hole, par 3 course, opened in 1994

A vial of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a facility in Milton, Ont., on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The White House says it is making plans to share up to 60 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio - POOL
65 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

The total number of cases in the region is now at 11,075 since the pandemic began

Williams Lake City Hall. (City of Williams Lake photo)
Williams Lake long-term debt decreasing

The city of Williams Lake’s long-term debt sits at $8,324,241, down from… Continue reading

Jose Marchand prepares Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination doses at a mobile clinic for members of First Nations and their partners, in Montreal, Friday, April 30, 2021. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization is coming under fire after contradicting the advice Canadians have been receiving for weeks to take the first vaccine against COVID-19 that they’re offered. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Trudeau says he is glad he got AstraZeneca, vaccines are only way out of pandemic

‘The most important thing is to get vaccinated with the first vaccine offered to you’

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

B.C.’s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Dip in COVID-19 cases with 572 newly announced in B.C.

No new deaths have been reported but hospitalized patients are up to 481, with 161 being treated in intensive care

Solar panels on a parking garage at the University of B.C. will be used to separate water into oxygen and hydrogen, the latter captured to supply a vehicle filling station. (UBC video)
UBC parkade project to use solar energy for hydrogen vehicles

Demonstration project gets $5.6M in low-carbon fuel credits

FILE – A student arrives at school as teachers dressed in red participate in a solidarity march to raise awareness about cases of COVID-19 at Ecole Woodward Hill Elementary School, in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. ‘should be able to’ offer 1st dose of COVID vaccine to kids 12+ by end of June: Henry

Health Canada authorized the vaccine for younger teens this morning

A woman in the Harrison Mills area was attacked by a cougar on Tuesday, May 4. B.C. Conservation Officers killed two male cougars in the area; the attack was determined to be predatory in nature. (File photo)
2 cougars killed following attack on woman in Agassiz area

Attack victim remains in hospital in stable condition

A woman wears a face mask and shield to curb the spread of COVID-19 while walking in North Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. CDC updates info, acknowledging small respiratory droplets can spread COVID-19

Large droplets, not aerosols had been fixture of public health messaging for many months

A picture of Shirley Ann Soosay was rendered from a postmortem photographer and circulated on social media. (DDP graphic)
B.C. genealogist key to naming murder victim in decades-old California cold case

In July 1980, Shirley Ann Soosay was raped and stabbed to death

Most Read