Making a Difference - Syrian Refugee Art Fundraiser
RIVER BANASZAK, GRADE 5, STRATHCONA ELEMENTARY
Three elementary students, Mabel Shaw, Will Morrow and River Banaszak, strived to make a difference with their Syrian Refugee Art Fundraiser. It was their turn to organize a student gathering in their school and they decided to do a fundraiser campaign for someone in need.
After some research, they decided to raise money for the Red Cross Society, who were helping the Syrian refugees at the time. Millions of people had been affected by the Syrian war.
People were escaping the tragedies of war on foot, by boat, or whichever way they could to reach safety in other countries. As a result, millions of people were displaced and living in refugee camps.
People were asked to donate to organizations such as the Red Cross Society to help improve the Syrian refugee crisis. So, these three students decided to raise money for these campaigns.
They decided to do a silent auction with classroom art. They pitched the idea at a gathering and assigned each class to make one big piece of art. Right away, every student was brushing their brushes, pasting paper and such, and cutting with scissors. The aftermath was stunning. Bright colours popped out here and there, brush marks showed in just the right places. It was absolutely amazing!
But now it was time for the auction. Parents put their names in the auction and after a few weeks of waiting, it was time to reveal the highest bidders! Some teachers and the three students gathered in the library. They picked up the box with the names and bids in it and opened the bids. One by one the bids went up and up until they had the highest bid for each piece of art! They contacted the people who won, and presented them with the art.
At the end they counted the money and learned that they had raised over $875! There were hoorays, and woohoos! Everyone was happy! The money was donated to the Red Cross Society and the government matched the amount to make a grand total of $1,750.
And that is how students, staff, and families at Strathcona Elementary School made a difference in the world of Syrian refugees.