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Fundraising projects kept Clarenville Grade 9 students busy in December

Grade 9 students at Clarenville Middle School were busy volunteering this December.
Grade 9 students at Clarenville Middle School were busy volunteering this December. - Mark Squibb

Clarenville Middle School class raised money for community

CLARENVILLE, NL— Grade 9 students at Clarenville Middle School were quite busy with various fundraising projects in the weeks leading up to Christmas break.

For a social justice project, Grade 9 students were broken into one of five groups. Each group tackled a different social justice problem in the community.

One group collected winter clothing including coats, hats and mittens, and distributed it to families in need. Students also held a special hot chocolate sale outside Clarenville Sobey's and raised $120 to purchase items.

Another group sold candy grams and ice cream at the school during recess and lunch breaks and raised $220 for the local SPCA animal shelter.

Another group used collection bins placed around Clarenville to help collect used eyeglasses to distribute to those in need.

Yet another group hosted a bake sale during parent-teacher interviews and raised about $450 to purchase complete turkey dinners for seven local families.

A final group approached local businesses seeking donations to fill stockings for families in need. They received $140 in cash donations and enough donated items to fill six stockings.

“Students really embraced these projects,” said Grade 9 math and science teacher Melissa Spurrell.

“They worked together to develop ideas and follow through on their ideas to see each project succeed. It was great to see students helping others and giving back to the community.”

Mark.squibb@thepacket.ca

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