This year, grade 5 and 6 students from St. Catherine Catholic Elementary School in Peterborough are breaking barriers, building bridges and giving back to the community to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society.
For the first time ever, the students held an ‘Oui.Bee’ campaign, a girl’s night event that incorporates activities to promote positive self-image, anti-bullying and female empowerment. Donations from community members for the Canadian Cancer Society were collected, in honour of Eliza Vivian, a 5-year-old who has been battling Leukemia.
“Having the teacher and parent community, along with all of the local businesses donate their resources, was truly humbling,” said Ms. O’Grady, french teacher at St. Catherine Catholic Elementary School. “We started with the goal of $1000, and the end result was truly amazing.”
The ‘Oui.Bee’ campaign was created to help female students show their personalities and open up in the classroom. It fosters encouragement, confidence, positive affirmations and above all else, provides personalized time to young women. ‘Oui.Bee’ translates to YES. QUEEN.
Eighty-three girls from the school participated in different activities including pound drumming exercises, jewelry making, and movie marathons. The event raised $9,678.50 and was organized by teachers, parents, and volunteers.
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