Kirkland school marks 10-year anniversary with hefty donation

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Margaret Manson elementary Harlem Shakes its way to fundraising goal

Margaret Manson students dance their lunch break away as part of the elementary school's 'Power Hour' event.

It was a special year for the people of Margaret Manson Elementary School.

This being the 10 year anniversary for the Kirkland school, teachers organized a year-long philanthropy project, whereby a monthly student activity would be geared towards the collection of canned goods.

After ten planned activities throughout the year, including the 'Power Hour' on June 10, in which the entire school body danced the lunch break to various songs, the school received over 3000 canned goods from students.

In turn, Margaret Manson donated the non-perishable goods to Dans La Rue, a youth homeless organization, based in Downtown Montreal.

"Today is just an example of the kind of spirit we have here," said Principal Lorna Aiken, during the 'Power Hour' event. "It just captures the positivity thatÕs in the school and the teamwork and energy we have."

During the hour-long activity, teachers graced students with a Harlem Shake-inspired dance, and in turn, students surprised Aiken with a farewell dance number, as the principal retired this month.

Also known as the Sunglasses Committee, a metaphoric reference to the schools bright future, a group of eight teachers brainstormed the best way to mark the schools anniversary.

"We wanted to raise school spirit and raise the children's awareness about giving to others," said Sheila Dunwoodie, a grade 5 teacher.

Due to the success of the initiative, Dunwoodie is expecting a similar, yet smaller campaign next year.

Dans La Rue was founded by Father Emmett Johns in 1988. The organization provides assistance to homeless youth.

Organizations: Kirkland school, Margaret Manson Elementary School, Sunglasses Committee

Geographic location: Downtown Montreal

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  • Kim Reid
    July 18, 2013 - 12:15

    I think it is amazing that school staff and students participate in an event like this to help those in need. However, I am always a little bit disappointed when West Island groups do not give to the groups in their own community that help kids and families right in our own back yard. On Rock Community Services serves 170 families every week through our food bank, right here in the West. We serve a hot meal every Tuesday to 40-45 people, right here in the West. We experience shortfalls of non-perishables throughout the year. It would be amazing if more West Island groups, were aware of the need right here in our own community and schools....