Port Guichon Elementary students showed their love for animals recently by presenting a cheque for $602.40 to the Delta Community Animal Shelter.
From September to December 2023, students in the school’s Create-It Club met twice a week and worked hard creating a variety of craft items to sell at two fundraising events.
“We are so proud of the students – they did a tremendous job of creating and selling a variety of items at the craft fairs,” said Irma Beeksma and Janice Rosychuk, Education Assistants, and leaders of the Create-It Club. “Their philanthropy is so inspiring. We look forward to seeing where their efforts take them next.”
“For students at our school, taking care of the community includes people and animals,” said principal Danica Palmer. “The Delta Community Animal Shelter was the first place they thought of when deciding where to donate the money they raised. I am so proud of them for thinking of others.”
“The Create-It Club is a club where we make crafts, make new friends, and help the animals get a good home,” added students Josie and Payton. “We wanted to help the animal shelter because they are so kind, and they make sure animals get a safe home for the rest of their lives. At our Halloween sale, we made and sold goodie bags, ghosts, lollipops, and spiders. And at our Christmas sale, we sold cupcakes, candy canes and decorations. We were able to raise lots of money and are so glad to donate it to the animal shelter.”
Delta Community Animal Shelter manager Ryan Voutilainen visited the school to meet the students and thank them for their efforts. He brought along a very friendly canine friend, Bacon, who is currently available for adoption at the shelter. The students were thrilled to meet them both.
“We’re extremely fortunate to have a facility such as the Delta Community Animal Shelter here in our community,” said Voutilainen. “Fundraising efforts such as the ones by Port Guichon Elementary’s students are so important in us being able to provide important medical support to animals in the shelter. It is encouraging to know that the students I met today, who are great ambassadors for animals, will be the leaders of tomorrow.”