Grade 8 students from Annunciation are getting some unwanted recognition for a recent act of kindness.
Students in Terry Rudderham and Sarah Stephenson’s Grade 8 class were planning to hold a bake sale to raise money for their class’ year-end trip, but agreed to put their fundraising on hold to help the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Rudderham was reluctant to speak with the Northern View about her student’s act of kindness, stating she wanted her students to donate the money because it’s the right thing to do, not for the acknowledgment.
Rudderham said she and other Annunciation staff hope to instil a sense of global responsibility in students. Following a prayer for the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan, Rudderham asked students what they could do to help.
Grade 8 student Anna Nguyen suggested the class give the money they would have raised for their trip from an upcoming bake sale to a charity assisting those affected by the recent typhoon.
“I said ‘What do you guys think? We’ve got all year to raise money. We can afford to wait and do this for them. Let’s take a vote, who ever is in favour raise your hands’, and they all did,” Rudderham said.
“It was obvious we were going to raise money from the bake sale, and I knew since everything was already planned out it would be easy to send it to the Philippines,” Nguyen said.
“It was great that [my classmates] liked the idea.”
With help from their parents and guardians, the class raised $1,060.60, which will be donated to the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace to help with the organization’s response to the crisis in the Philippines.
“It’s great that us young people from so far away could help people in need. That’s our duty as students from Canada,” Nguyen said, adding she hopes other Prince Rupert schools will follow in her class’ footsteps and raise money for those in need.