Good Character Makes Us Smile
Annually, ADSB schools have raised approximately $24,670 in cash donations, which goes directly to food banks, women’s and men’s shelters, charity organizations, purchasing grocery gift cards, classmates’ relief funds, community families in need, and Christmas Cheer and Christmas food baskets.
“ADSB schools fundraise throughout the year and the December focus has become an annual endeavour,” said ADSB Director Lucia Reece. “It’s heartwarming to hear the stories and to see the generosity of our students, families and staff,” she continued. “Our efforts are reflective of the caring citizens we are developing and the good character we aim to model and instill in our students.”
The Algoma District School Board’s tagline is Confident Learners, Caring Citizens, and these statistics reflect actions that demonstrate the focus on good character and citizenship is deeply understood in ADSB schools. Reece notes that, “in educating the whole child, we develop their minds and their hearts, such that they become good, caring and contributing citizens of our communities.” Children often come to a teacher with concerns about world news, neighbours in need, or something they have seen in their local community, and their teachers work with the students to come up with a way to help. “I can’t say enough about our staff, whose commitment to character and to our mission statement is steadfast. Staff not only model good character and citizenship but seek and support opportunities to engage their students in a variety of ways in our communities,” said Reece.
Coming out of the pandemic the last two years, there were limited opportunities to fundraise and to work together the way the students are used to, so they are excited to get right back at it.
ADSB Students are in the thick of their December Christmastime fundraising now, so keep an eye out for fundraising initiatives at your neighbourhood school or through students you know, and please support. Let’s show students that we can all be good citizens!
We are excited to refresh our character program in a way that we hope will have everyone smiling and feeling good – about themselves and those around them. After all, good character makes us smile!
What do we mean when we say "Show your good character?" What does perseverance or citizenship really mean? Learn more here.