Snow angels: Calgary students lend a hand and shovel sidewalks

Students in northwest Calgary are showing their respect for seniors with mobility issues by shovelling their snowy sidewalks.

Kids at F.E. Osborne School help seniors who have mobility issues in Varsity

Big snowfalls pose problems for older Calgarians with mobility issues, so students at F.E. Osborne School are helping out in their neighbourhood. (Monty Kruger/CBC)

Students in northwest Calgary are showing their respect for seniors with mobility issues by shovelling their snowy sidewalks.

Every time it snows, students in grades 6 to 9 at F.E. Osborne School in Varsity lend their strength and clear snow as part of a school program.

The students, who are normally in physical education class during that time, say they feel proud helping out their community.

One student, Viviane Rosebush, says she likes inspiring other people to help out.

Another, Edison Ton, adds that not all people can come out in the cold weather and shovel.

"It makes our school and community a safer place for people to walk without slipping or falling," he said. "It makes me feel really happy and proud and that I did something that could change our community."

Assistant principal Bill Garner, who began the initiative, says it started by hearing from community members that they were having a hard time shovelling their sidewalks.

Bill Garner, assistant principal, says the school has received a lot of positive feedback from neighbours since starting the initiative. (Monty Kruger/CBC)

"We thought that this might be a great initiative for young people at our school to get out in the community and make a difference, and the other aspect was the physical activity piece," he said.

He adds that other schools have told them they plan to start similar programs, and neighbours have emailed to say their elderly parents appreciated the kids coming out.

Neighbours have been posting their appreciation for the students on social media. (Facebook)

"You hear people talking about  kids these days [that] all they do is go on their cellphones and they aren't really helping in the community," Garner said.

"We thought this is a good way for them to go out and make a difference in the community by helping others and showing the potential of our youth is great and they're gonna do great things in the future."

With files from Monty Kruger and the Calgary Eyeopener.


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