Mugs That Matter is a campaign by students and teachers across the city to raise money for a charity that fights poverty. (Photo courtesy of Rebecca Brooke)

Hot cocoa and mugs for charity

Prince Rupert schools are getting creative to help end poverty in the region

Students across the city are painting and selling mugs for a charity of their choosing.

Mugs That Matter is similar to its predecessor, the Empty Bowl Project, in that it has students get creative to fight poverty.

“It’s good to foster in kids the spirit of giving so as they become adults they realize how important it is to give back to those in need,” said Rebecca Brooke, one of the teachers who has been involved in both the bowl and mug projects.

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On Saturday, Dec. 2, Brooke and students from Annunciation School sold approximately 72 mugs at the Winterfest craft market. Each mug, with a bag of hot chocolate inside, went for a minimum donation of $5.

“From a teaching perspective it connects kids with the community and develops different artistic skills,” Brooke said.

Charles Hays Secondary School is leading the charge. Tasha Parker and Megan Cooper ordered the mugs and sent emails to the other schools asking if they wanted to participate.

Students from most of the schools in the district painted the mugs that were then fired in the high school kiln. Students and teachers brought approximately 100 mugs to the Kaien Island Craft Fair and sold all but six.

The remaining mugs will be sold at the high school musical “Into The Woods” at the Lester Centre of the Arts on Dec. 7, 8 and 9.

Once all mugs are sold, students will decide which charity the money will be donated to.

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Rebecca Brooke, a teacher at Annunciation School, is taking part in the Mugs That Matter fundraiser. (Shannon Lough / The Northern View)

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