With Winter just around the corner, a group of Grade 5s took the initiative to organize a ‘Warm & Cozy’ clothing drive at the Junior School. Students of all grades were encouraged to bring in gently used sweaters, jackets, gloves, hats and socks to donate to people in need.
Planned by the Grade 5 Round Square, the drive culminated on Friday, November 19 with a ‘Warm & Cozy’ casual day, when students were allowed to wear warm, casual clothing to school.
“The students wanted to support local,” said Cheryl Palm, who runs the Junior School Round Square alongside Leanne Giommi, “Once they determined their approach and had it approved by Mrs. Shea, they got to work making posters and spreading the word. The donations started coming in immediately, and the kids are very pleased with the results.”
Ainsley remarked “I couldn’t imagine being cold during the Winter, so if some people are, then we wanted to help them.”
The final collection of donated clothing was revealed during that day’s Friday Morning Live Assembly, and the pile was bigger than expected.
“There’s no way I thought we were going to get that many donations,” said Xavier, “It’s a lot, and it’s going to be so helpful.”
The clothing will be donated to Our Place Society, a local organization that supports people in need in Victoria.
“We all were brainstorming different ways to help with cozy clothing, and we decided that Our Place was who we should donate to,” added Lucy.
Once the clothing was collected, the group of Grade 5 Round Square volunteers sorted and packed everything up for delivery to Our Place Society. Cheryl Palm noted how the school was proud of the work that was done.
“They did such an amazing job putting this all together,” she said. “They took the initiative and are making a huge difference in the community.”
Great work, Grade 5 Round Square!