January 3, 2020

Peel staff and students spread holiday joy to communities

​December has been a month of giving in Peel schools. To wrap up the calendar year, students and staff have been participating in events and activities to donate food, clothing and contribute to their communities in the spirit of the holidays.​

On Dec. 12, staff at Sir John A. Macdonald Sr. Public School in Brampton welcomed newcomer families in Peel with a holiday dinner. Families spent an evening together making crafts, decorating cookies, winning prizes and enjoying a traditional holiday feast. Staff also set up a clothing boutique with winter clothes, boot, hats and mittens for families to select items to stay warm this winter.

Newcomer family dinner

At Sheridan Park Public School in Mississauga, students learned about the board’s six character values – caring, cooperative, honest, inclusive, respectful and responsible – and put them into action. Students in grades 1 and 5 took their learnings into the community and spent time at the Erin Mills Lodge Long Term Care Home, playing board games and reading books with the residents.

“I’m extremely proud of these young citizens and leaders who continue to think about giving back,” says Zeenat Auckbaraullee, teacher at Sheridan Park. “This was a real honour for our students, and a memory that will last a lifetime.”

Sheridan Park PS students volunteering at a long term care home

Students at Mayfield Secondary School, The Woodlands School and Briarwood Public School​ ​participated in PS “Peel Students” With Love, an initiative to collect handwritten letters and cards to send to the Canadian Armed Forces members stationed abroad for the holiday season.

“We wanted our troops to know we are grateful for everything they do, and that we are sending kindness and cheer to them this holiday season,” says Kerry Everitt, principal at The Woodlands.

More than 300 cards and letters were written and sent through Op Santa Claus to give the comforts of home to deployed Canadian Armed Forces members. Stationary and materials were set up for students to write a note during their lunches, and student volunteers collected the cards for mailing.

On Dec. 16 and 17, students from Sandalwood Heights Secondary School’s Special Education and Developmental Disabilities (DD) departments created the school’s first holiday market to sell student-made goods, including welcome signs, cookie and soup mixes, jewelry, soaps and blankets. Students from the school’s marketing classes helped to promote the event throughout the school community.

Student holiday market at Sandalwood Heights SS

“This is so beautiful. My mom would be so proud of me,” said a Sandalwood Heights student, looking at the sign for his product.

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