Mak­ing a Dif­fer­ence - Syr­ian Refugee Art Fundraiser

The Hamilton Spectator - - OUR PULSE -

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.

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