Thunder Bay students issue international giving challenge
'It makes us feel really good being able to help others and give to others,' says Grade 5 student Melissa Otto
A group of students at St. Elizabeth School in Thunder Bay, Ont. is inspiring people around the world to spread some holiday cheer this season.
Last year, Grade 6 students at the school launched the Give 4 Christmas Challenge - an online campaign encouraging people to share stories of generosity and goodwill.
The website has been viewed by people around the world, said teacher Peter Cameron, adding that students have been "overwhelmed" by the number of stories posted.
"And so when we look at the website every day and we're able to view the number of different countries that are visiting our website it's pretty inspiring," he said.
"The kids see that at Christmas time it's great to receive ... but also our students see that they can get a lot from giving as well."
Cameron said this year, the goal is to collect 100 stories of goodwill, and to reach people in 100 countries.
Students give to Shelter House
The Give 4 Christmas challenge is an extension of a long tradition of giving at the school, said Cameron.
For two decades, Grade 6 students at St. Elizabeth have held a fundraiser to raise money to buy food for Thunder Bay's Shelter House.
This year, Grade 5 and 6 students are also volunteering at Shelter House, preparing meals.
Grade 5 student Melissa Otto said doing good deeds, and encouraging others to do the same, has been rewarding.
"It makes us feel really good being able to help others and give to others," she said.