Hepworth students donate over $1,000 to Safe ’N Sound
Three students at École Hepworth Central Public School donated over $1,000 in items to Safe ’N Sound Homelessness Initiative in Owen Sound on May 7.
Grade 8 students Katie Maue and Jackoby Graham and Marika Vandervorm, a Grade 7 student at the school in Hepworth, raised the money by having two bake sales at Miller’s Home Hardware in Sauble Beach in May.
The students raised almost $1,000 at the bake sales, which they used to purchase a variety of goods that Safe ’N Sound had asked for to help run their space, Brent Thompson, the students’ teacher at École Hepworth Central Public School, said in an email.
Together with hundreds of dollars’ worth of donations, the trio donated goods including clothes, blankets, personal hygiene products, food, toys and items for baby needs.
The students made the bulk of their purchases at Giant Tiger in Owen Sound, using a 20 per cent discount, which was given by the store because the items were being used to make a charitable donation.
The students were inspired to make a difference in their local community after learning about the United Nations Global Goals and reading a book that explained the causes and effects of poverty around the world, Thompson said.