Category: 12 Days of Giving

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 […]

Day 4: Celebrating a decade of giving with Learning Services staff

Consultants in our Learning Services – Program department know there are always families in our community who can use some extra help, but during the holiday season, those needs are more significant. Throughout the year, consultants make weekly donations. “I noticed people were dressing casually on Fridays, so I suggested we donate to a dress […]

Day 3: Gathering with gratitude at Keatsway PS

Keatsway Public School students and staff sat down for a hot turkey lunch, with all the yummy fixings, for the school’s first annual Gratitude Dinner. More than 400 students came together as one large school family to enjoy each other’s company. The idea of this event started in September and was created as part of a […]

Day 2: Laurelwood PS Week of Giving teaches social responsibility

Students at Laurelwood PS sat quietly, anxiously awaiting the start of the daily assembly for their Week of Giving. It was Thoughtful Thursday, where students raised money to contribute to the Kitchener Conestoga Rotary Club turkey drive in partnership with House of Friendship. Laurelwood Lightening Leaders organized an exciting assembly that would see teams of […]

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Day 1: Winter greeting card fundraiser promotes student artwork and success

Get your winter greeting cards today! We called – and talented student artists from across Waterloo Region answered. The Waterloo Region District School Board has officially launched the #Art4WEFI campaign – a winter greeting card fundraiser held in support of the Waterloo Education Foundation Inc (WEFI). The campaign marks the official kick-off to our #12DaysofGiving […]

Day 12: A special surprise for the Heise family

Terri Heise lives in Cambridge with her two daughters. She considers herself a single mom because her husband has acquired brain damage and lives in a long-term care facility in Niagara. Terri works as a home daycare provider, which allows her to provide for her family and pick up her 10 year old daughter, Sophia, […]

Day 11: Helping children in Ethiopia reach their potential through education

Abdi Maawiye is a dedicated social worker making a big impact in our schools and around the world. Abdi founded Education 4 Change in response to his own personal struggle to obtain education while growing up in Ethiopia. Education 4 Charge is largely run by the volunteer efforts of WRDSB employees and other members of […]

Day 10: Supporting our students and families

For the past 18 years, students at Crestview Public School have been raising money to support families in their community. The annual Canadian Tire Money Drive raises funds to purchase toys for Crestview Public School families that could use some extra support over the holidays. Any money left over is used to buy winter boots, coats, hats, […]

Day 9: Westheights PS dazzles holiday shoppers with a surprise performance

Members of the Westheights Public School choir surprised holiday shoppers at Frederick Street Mall on Saturday with a musical flashmob. Before the musical festivities began, the group of students shopped for items such as hats, mittens and scarves to help decorate the school’s ‘Giving Tree’. They wanted to give back to their community, not just […]

Day 8: Honouring Jacob Ranton

If you were at Waterloo Collegiate Institute (WCI) on December 15 or 16, you would have been greeted by volunteers wearing t-shirts that read “My Life Matters”. The volunteers were there to support the fundraising efforts of the 3rd annual Jacob Ranton Memorial Basketball Tournament. But more importantly, they were there to raise awareness of […]

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