Welborne Avenue PS reaches lofty fundraising goal

Celebrating reaching the fundraising goal at Welbourne Avenue PS. L-R: Scott McFarlane, VP; Ann-Marie Lacoursiere, Principal; Kate Brennan, VP.

The Welbourne Avenue Public School has raised $5000 for their annual fundraising campaign. While they did not collect goods, as in years past, they did collect gift card donations for the Salvation Army Christmas Hamper Fund.

“The fundraising has been an ongoing source of community involvement for the past 15+ years,” said Vice Principal Kate Brennan. “Previously, we collected food items; however this year has been very different due to Covid regulations. This year, the Welborne community – students, staff and families – recognized the need to get involved and make this year extra special.”

Monetary donations and gift cards to select stores were collected through Welbourne Ave’s Wildcat Cards for Caring Campaign.

As encouragement, Student Council decided on 3 benchmark prizes that could be won upon meeting specific goals. Videos of these benchmark moments were created to share the fun with the school community. “The YouTube videos were filmed and assembled by two of our Grade 8 students, under the guidance of our leadership team,” VP Brennan stated. “Since we couldn’t have all students watch in the gym, we wanted to make the experience memorable, and one that we could share with all Wildcats and families.”

At $1500 the principals raced on scooters through the gym:

When they reached $2500, the principals got slimed:

At $5000, the entire school was awarded a whole school class party, which they will enjoy on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 – the last day of school before the Christmas holidays.

“The whole school, from Kindergarten to Grade 8, participated in a variety of capacities. We had a great deal of school spirit come through and even some friendly competition, as our top raising class won a pizza party,” Brennan shared with Kingstonist. “Our elected members of Student Council took a big lead with gathering student perspectives, voting on the challenges, making announcements, raising awareness by creating posters and speaking to their class, and preparing for the events.”

“The administration team are incredibly proud of the school spirit and the generosity of families,” VP Brennan said in closing. “We thought the goal of $5,000 was unreachable but the team came together again.”

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