The following is a letter from students at St. Andrews PS. It demonstrates how generosity and goodwill can inspire others.
Dear Lakeshore Mothers,
Just imagine how much more different our lives would be if we lived in a world where everyone had food, shelter, water and no wars. We want that world for everyone! Through school, t.v., and newspapers we knew that there were people who needed those simple things to live. Syrian Refugees are people just like us-who matter! Everyday, we were hearing about some Syrian parents who were putting their kids on to boats to escape the war, and not knowing if they would see them again. A few of us in grade 5, Savannah, Husnah, Malaikah, Despina, and Sophia wanted to make a difference! A big difference!
We almost forgot to tell you about our incredible teacher, Mr. Lewis! If it was not for him, we wouldn’t have surpassed our original goal of raising $500.00. He was so helpful. He helped us write announcements, count the money (teaching us banking skills), and he gave us the idea of sending the funds to you guys, “The Lakeshore Syrian Connection.”
He also helped supervised us with the help of Ms. Sinardi (another grade 5 teacher).
Here is how this amazing idea started. One morning, Savannah and Husnah were talking about how to help make a difference and decided a bake sale fundraiser would be a good idea, however, we had no clue where we would send the money. It was then Malaikah who had the idea to send the money we would raise to help a Syrian family. That day, we went to Mr. Lewis “the great,” to tell him about the amazing idea. We also asked him to supervise us. Although he agreed, he said we needed more help. So we went to our friends, Despina and Sophia. They enthusiastically agreed! After school, we all went to our parents, and they all agreed to bake with us. They were all in and excited!
We would like to greatly thank our moms, dads who worked tirelessly to bake every night for two weeks to support us. We would also like to thank the junior teachers for contributing additional baked goods to our bake sale. We would especially like to thank Ms. Rowe for her giant contributions of yummy treats!
What inspired us, was watching the media coverage of “heart breaking” conditions the Syrian families were experiencing. We all felt the same way! We could not take it anymore! That’s why we started the fundraiser. These kids and families did not deserve these terrible acts of war. We had to make a difference. We had to help. In fact, Husnah and Malaikah went to a Syrian Refugee fundraising dinner with their family, where they showed many sad clips of the events and told many sad stories. For example, kids were asking for one piece of bread and families were hiding in tunnels. Their homes were destroyed and there was no school.
We are so proud to present Lakeshore Syrian Connection with a cheque for $666.90. Wow!
Malaikah, Husnah, Savannah, Despina & Sophia from St. Andrews PS