Ecole Holy Mary School students focus on community

Boxes of non-perishable food items were collected by students at Ecole Holy Mary School in Martensville

Students at Ecole Holy Mary School in Martensville are aiming to make a difference in their community and in the world at large.

Earlier this month, students collected over 700  pounds of non-perishable food items. The groceries were donated to the Martensville Free Pantry, an informal food bank located in the Martensville Civic Centre.

“The students at Ecole Holy Mary School have a student leadership team that comes up with projects that deal with social justice themes,” said Holy Mary Principal Luisa Giocoli in an interview at the school on Thursday, November 22. “On of the initial projects we took part in was to help fill the Martensville Free Pantry.

“Our school is divided up into four house league teams: the Cardinals, the Angels, the Bishops, and the Saints. So these four groups competed to see which could bring the most non-perishable food items to school to be donated.

“When we tallied it all up, it came to more than 700 pounds of food. We donated it all to the free pantry.”

Giocoli said the Grade 3 and 4 students in the school are actively helping their neighbourhood in a concrete way by cleaning residential walks and driveways after a snowfall.

“They call themselves the ‘Snow Angels,’ and they go out with their shovels and do this service for the nearby homes,” said Giocoli. “It’s a great surprise for residents to come home at the end of the day to find their walkway has already been shovelled.

“The kids use it as part of their religious education in terms of reaching out to change the world; and part of their physical education program. It’s good exercise. They always come back with really rosy-red cheeks.”

The school is also pursuing charitable projects that go beyond the local community.

“We held our Terry Fox Run in September, which raises money for a national cause,” said Giocoli. “In the coming weeks the students will be working on a project for the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre. We’re also working with a group called Hope for Malawi. Last year we raised money for books. The student leadership team will unveil the focus of this year’s fundraising efforts on the first day of Lent, just before Easter.”