Day 5: The gift of partnerships – students and firefighters team-up for a good cause

At the WRDSB, our students know that at the core of any strong community, is its partnerships. Students at Manchester Public School were looking for a local opportunity to give back and thought that teaming up with the Cambridge Fire Department was the perfect way to support a good cause.

In its ninety-seventh year, the Cambridge Firefighters BasketFund has delivered food and toys to families in need over the holidays. Firefighters collect donations, organize events, and distribute packages across the community, to approximately 400 families. They turn to local schools and businesses for help.

Manchester Public School students and staff were quick to step-up by creating a special campaign to raise awareness for the BasketFund food drive.  Students decorated the donation boxes with attention-grabbing designs, and staff donated fun activities to promote participation. Over a few weeks, Manchester Public School was able to collect more than 30 full boxes of non-perishable food to be distributed to the community.

The incredible efforts of our dedicated students and staff, across many WRDSB schools, makes a significant impact on our community. We would like to recognize and congratulate all the schools who participated in the Cambridge Firefighters BasketFund campaign this year and who have made a remarkable difference in the community.

They are:

Stewart Avenue PS

Highland PS

Saginaw PS

Moffatt Creek PS

Glenview Park SS

Hillcrest PS

Grand View PS

Woodland Park PS

Preston PS

Elgin Street PS

Hespeler PS

Avenue Road PS

Tait Street PS


We are counting down 12 days of giving where we feature some of the wonderful acts of kindness our staff and students are modelling during the holiday season.

You can check out all of the great acts of giving in our schools (there’s more than just 12) by following us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

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