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DeWinton IODE celebrates Canada’s 150

posted Sep 18, 2017, 9:11 AM by Kathy Carr
IODE Canada has chosen to celebrate this year by presenting the new Canada's 150th IODE Good Citizenship Award to elementary school students who demonstrate qualities of social responsibility and social engagement. The national initiative promotes the core values of IODE to recognize good citizenship and provide support to local schools and classrooms. 
Each IODE chapter, in conjunction with their local school, has designed this project to suit their school and community. Acting as one, IODE hopes to bring attention to the importance of fostering social responsibility and community spirit in our youth. 
DeWinton Chapter IODE opted to include Carberry RJ Waugh grades K to 4, Acadia Colony School and Brookdale Elementary School. Each received a $150 Indigo gift certificate for book purchases. 
Alicia Gawaziuk, Principal, Brookdale Elementary School provided this information: 
Here are some highlights of the service learning projects at our school. 
Adopt a Family - I applied for a Sustain­ability Grant to our Division. We received the request amount of $600. From there, we phoned the Brandon Christmas Cheer and adopted 5 families at Christmas time. We made 5 groups of students. The students were given the names of the family members and the list of food they had to include in the hampers. They went "shopping in the flyers" to pick out the items. Whatever money was left was budgeted for the kids in the family for gifts. The students brainstormed what kinds of gifts the children of certain ages would like for Christmas and chose an appropriate gift for children of their family. The staff did the shopping. The next day parents, students and staff wrapped the gifts and put together the hampers. Staff delivered the hampers before Christ­mas. 
The Dream Factory - From January to March was fundraising for the Dream Factory of Manitoba. Each Thursday, students sell a bag of popcorn for 50¢. Our goal is to raise $200 for this worthy cause.
Grow-a-Row - Studen­ts are put into garden groups. They brainstorm vegetables that they think would be good to donate to Samaritan House in Brandon or other food cupboards. They plant, care for and harvest the vegetables. We donate the produce in the fall. 
The Book awards are used as best determined by the schools. 
Eberhard Hofer, Principal of Acadia Colony School wrote: We would like to spend the money received on cultural based books. Books to celebrate and teach cultural concepts rooted and celebrated in Manitoba. Books written by and/or about people in a cultural setting. These books would be for our early years students at Acadia Colony School. 
RJ Waugh students participated in many projects that developed their sense of social responsibility. We Scare Hunger is a food drive that turns Halloween from “getting to giving”, as does participation in the Carberry Christmas Cheer program and making Christmas boxes for children in the Ukraine. Through the Terry Fox Walk they raise funds and learn about a young man who continued to give to cancer care against great odds. The students raised $11,000 through Jump Rope for Heart. Their other good works included the Com­munity Spring Garbage Clean Up, Save the Honey Bees Initiative, Books to Africa, and choir singing at the Senior’s home. They learned the disappearing art of letter writing and getting to know mature, non-related people through a pen pal program with Seniors in the community. 

by Margie Hilash