By Tim MacLeod, Principal, Boundary Elementary School
Boundary students came out in full force wearing toques on Tuesday, January 29, in support of Covenant House. Inspired by initiatives from other schools, and Mark Pearmain’s Sleep Out fundraiser, Boundary’s Student Council wanted to support and raise awareness of services available for at-risk and homeless youth. Within our intermediate classrooms, we used a variety of resources to explore homelessness in our community. This led to many dinner time conversations that raised awareness and increased curiosity about the role of Covenant House in downtown Vancouver. We were fortunate to welcome Allison Briggs, The Development Officer for Covenant House, to lead a series of sessions with our intermediate students. Allison was able to share insight on Covenant House and the variety of programs and services offered. This opened the opportunity for students to ask questions about Covenant House, the youth that utilize the services, and how they can support homeless and at-risk youth. As part of one of the many Kindness Projects, students, staff and community members created and donated a patchwork quilt to Covenant House. Boundary also raised over $400 on Bring a Toonie for “Toque Tuesday”. This was a wonderful learning opportunity for the entire Boundary community.