Pen­nies 4 Change project suc­cess­ful

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS -

Stu­dents at St. Joseph School in Swift Cur­rent re­cently cel­e­brated an op­por­tu­nity of shar­ing their gen­eros­ity col­lected one penny at a time.

A stu­dent group call Pen­nies 4 Change reached their goal of rais­ing $1,000 for the Regina Pal­lia­tive Care Cen­tre Car­ing Hearts Camp.

Back in Septem­ber, a group of stu­dents trav­elled to Regina to present the Cen­tre with a cheque for $1,028.58.

Af­ter mak­ing the dona­tion, the Act­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, San­dra Hube­nig, nom­i­nated them for the 2013 AFP Regina Out­stand­ing Youth Phi­lan­thropists Award, which they will be rec­og­nized for in Novem­ber.

The idea for Pen­nies 4 Change was driven by a group of 20 St. Joseph School stu­dents fol­low­ing a unit on so­cial jus­tice.

They set a $1,000 fundrais­ing goal and a four month time­frame to reach their goal.

Stu­dents set up a raf­fle with the help of com­mu­nity mem­bers and busi­ness do­na­tions. Another ma­jor fundraiser was a dona­tion chal­lenge for their fel­low stu­dents.

“The group has had a pos­i­tive im­pact on our school com­mu­nity as it has not only helped raised aware­ness for pal­lia­tive care, but also sparked the minds and imag­i­na­tions of other youth to know that they too can make a dif­fer­ence if they so choose,” ex­plained St. Joseph Mid­dle School teacher Amy Tyn­ning.

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