Lakeview Public School Grade 5 students have generously donated 27 bags of non-perishable food, snacks and drinks to The Salvation Army to help us support volunteers and residents affected by the Ottawa flood this spring.
The children age 10 and 11 years old also raised funds during the 2017 flood in Ottawa and so they were very enthusiastic when asked by the Learning Support Teacher Lindsay Mattesz if they wanted to help once again.
“The students were very excited to take part in collecting the food. They willingly gave up their recess time to work on making posters and organizing the collection from all the classes in the school,” said Ms. Mattesz.
The children learned about the flooding from news videos shown in class, on TV and from their parents and agreed they wanted to help make a difference.
The students expressed why they decided to get involved.
“I saw the flooding on the news and when the teachers asked if we wanted to help, a lot of people raised their hands!”
“I wanted to help after realizing what it would be like if I lost everything in the flood.”
“My uncle was filling sandbags so when the teacher asked if we wanted to collect food I thought this was how I could help.”
During the food pick-up the class had many questions about the work of The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services and how their donations were making a difference.
A number of other Ottawa schools have also generously donated to help support their neighbours in times of crises including Broadview Public School, Gardenway School Age Program and St. Andrew School.
“Their act of kindness is something they should all be really proud of,” said Craig Dunbar, Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Coordinator. “Their support will inspire the many volunteers across the city and make a difference in the lives of those impacted by flood.”