Category: Inspiration

Achievements, awards, successes, happy events, and more — highlights of the inspiring work in and around the WRDSB by our students and employees.

Day 7: Forest Hill PS’s HERO Gift Shop

With a quick visit to Forest Hill Public School’s HERO Gift Shop, it’s hard to spot the difference between giving and getting. “It’s been such an amazing experience,” says Rebecca Bearinger-Fay. “And the giving just keeps on happening.” Each day, staff are on the lookout to see their students doing something kind. They then recognize […]






Day 6: Grand River CI hosts 26th annual student and senior tea

For the 26th year in a row, Grand River Collegiate Institute (GRCI) welcomed members of the community for their annual student and senior Christmas tea. More than 165 seniors from various retirement homes in the area were treated to an afternoon filled with the musical talents of students and staff, as well as holiday treats […]






Day 5: An entire week of giving at Elizabeth Ziegler PS

During this time of year many of our schools participate in a week of giving, where each day is devoted to a different cause. At Elizabeth Ziegler Public School, this week is organized by the Union of Youth student group. On Make ‘em Smile Monday, small items such as books and games were brought in […]






Day 4: Thank you for supporting us by supporting our children

The holiday season is a time for all of us to give thanks and take stock of the things we are grateful for. We are so fortunate to have many community partners helping us ensure that our students have the support they need to learn. On behalf of Waterloo Region District School Board, I want […]






Day 3: Queensmount’s “Operation Give so People can Live”

The giving spirit is alive at Queensmount Public School, where a group of 35 students from the Queensmount Leadership Team (QLT) are rapping their way into the holidays. Yes, rapping. “We have a really great group of QLT students, they truly amaze me,” said Taryn Dowsling, a Grade 8 and special education resource teacher. “We […]






Day 2: Southwood silent auction supports student well-being

For many, the holiday season can feel very different – it can be a time of joy or a time of sorrow – but it is the caring and compassion of others that can make a big difference in someone’s life during this time of year. After going through some personal hardships and leaning on […]






Day 1 of 12 days of giving

Day 1: Party with a purpose at Glenview Park SS

At the end of November, 130 GPSS students and staff came together in a fun and meaningful way to raise money for children with cancer and their families. The Inside Ride is an indoor cycling challenge and fundraising event presented by the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation. This giving party was an exciting morning […]






Principal Morgan gives his 100th blood donation

Next month, Principal Paul Morgan from Elmira District Secondary School will be retiring. Principal Morgan is a regular blood donor and was coming up to his 100th donation. In lieu of retirement gifts, he asked students and staff to support his 100th donation by coming out to give blood at the Elmira Lions Club blood […]






Maya Tried Hockey

Wilson Avenue Public School’s Grade 5 students had some exciting visitors last week from Hockey Canada. They were one of several classes across the the region to participate in the Try Hockey program. Maya is just one of the students who got to take an hour out of her school day to try her hand […]






Remembrance services from Clemens Mill PS and across WRDSB

Across Waterloo region today, thousands of students and staff will honour the people who fought for our freedom, sacrificed their lives, and who continue to serve Canada with ceremonies to mark Remembrance. We thank every Canadian service person for their bravery and commitment to keeping us safe. Clemens Mill Public School Each year, we showcase […]






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