For yet another year, the Grade 5 students at St. Martin de Porres School, with the support of their school and their incredible teachers, have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to making a positive impact in their community as participants in the Youth in Philanthropy program, delivered by the Red Deer & District Community Foundation (RDDCF).

“We have partnered with the dedicated teachers at St. Martin’s since 2018, and they have been enthusiastic and creative participants in the Youth in Philanthropy program” Erin Peden, Executive Director of the Red Deer & District Community Foundation said. “We provide participating schools with five hundred dollars. The idea is to teach students about philanthropy, and to get them thinking about the needs and resources within their communities. Students research charities and craft pitches to their classmates, and in the end they collectively determine where they would like to make impact with their grant.”

This year, with the generous support of The Velvet Olive, students held a public art sale where art pieces created by students were displayed and available for purchase, with all proceeds going to their Youth in Philanthropy efforts. Students also held a spring market and a bake sale at their school to raise funds.

Thanks to their hard work, these young philanthropists raised enough to donate $1,850 to Breast Cancer Canada and $1,850 to Ned’s Wish. Breast Cancer Canada was pitched by a student whose family was greatly impacted by breast cancer, and his family was on hand to be a part of the cheque presentation. The other charity, Ned’s Wish, provides support for retired police and military dogs. Mitch Rowland, a volunteer with Ned’s Wish, brought Fire, his retired brood dog for the RCMP, to the cheque presentation.

“What’s most inspiring is the way that these teachers, Ms. Paetz and Ms. Zazula, have nurtured a spirit of generosity and community service in their classrooms. The students have embraced these lessons and put their knowledge into practice, proving that the next generation is poised to continue the important work of making the world a better place,” said Peden.

The funds raised through this program will provide much-needed resources to the selected charities, enabling them to continue their vital work. But the true impact of this initiative extends far beyond the monetary contribution. These students have learned invaluable lessons about social and fiscal responsibility, as well as the transformative power of collective action.

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