Changing the world here at home

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

When Katelyn Edwards wants to help the world, she heads back to her roots.

After hearing the heart-wrenching story of Valentine Sualley, a refugee from Sierra Leone, the Grade 11 Waterdown District High School student immediately asked him what she could do to help those people he left behind in the war-torn country.

Sualley is a volunteer with Canadian-based Peaceful Schools International. In October, he told WDHS students his story of poverty and escape from the troubled country. He has lived in Canada the past 11 years.

Sualley's story about a ravaged school in his hometown of Freetown stuck with Edwards.

The impoverished nation has no funds to rebuild the roof of the Emiman Primary School, so children are now unable to attend classes during bad weather.

So Edwards set to work on organizing a fundraising event.

The high school already did its part raising money for the cause with a Halloween dance, so Edwards headed next door, to her former grade school, Allan A. Greenleaf School, where she attended Grades 6-8; and back to her favourite teacher, Nirogi Wijayasingha.

"Miss W. helped with this so much," said Edwards of her former Grade 8 teacher.

Together, they worked out a plan for a Loonie Drive. Between November 4 and 11, all students were encouraged to bring in at least a Loonie.

The responded by raising much more. The new roof is $1,569 closer to being built.

Edwards and Miss W. also worked in an educational component, so students would understand where their coins were headed. Edwards developed a slide presentation for the older children, explaining the hardships faced by Sierra Leone. Mrs. W. read books about poverty in Africa to primary students.

Greenleaf students also sent postcards to their penpals in Sierra Leone, illustrating Canada's four seasons and instructions on how to build a snowman.

Although coordinating the project took many hours, the effort was worth it, said Edwards.

"Valentine was so excited," said Edwards, who was also touched by the generosity that came from students.

The Grade 8 class even collected and counted the change every day.

It also won a pizza party, courtesy of Pizza Hut, for raising the most money, $205.

Wijayasingha was also pleased that Edwards thought to come home to launch the fundraiser.

"It's exhilarating to see kids come back to Greenleaf to support Waterdown and give back to the global community," she said.

Edwards is on the lookout for a new fundraising project to raise the roof on the Emiman Primary School. Anyone with ideas is asked to call her at 905-689-1247.

Changing the world here at home

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

When Katelyn Edwards wants to help the world, she heads back to her roots.

After hearing the heart-wrenching story of Valentine Sualley, a refugee from Sierra Leone, the Grade 11 Waterdown District High School student immediately asked him what she could do to help those people he left behind in the war-torn country.

Sualley is a volunteer with Canadian-based Peaceful Schools International. In October, he told WDHS students his story of poverty and escape from the troubled country. He has lived in Canada the past 11 years.

Sualley's story about a ravaged school in his hometown of Freetown stuck with Edwards.

The impoverished nation has no funds to rebuild the roof of the Emiman Primary School, so children are now unable to attend classes during bad weather.

So Edwards set to work on organizing a fundraising event.

The high school already did its part raising money for the cause with a Halloween dance, so Edwards headed next door, to her former grade school, Allan A. Greenleaf School, where she attended Grades 6-8; and back to her favourite teacher, Nirogi Wijayasingha.

"Miss W. helped with this so much," said Edwards of her former Grade 8 teacher.

Together, they worked out a plan for a Loonie Drive. Between November 4 and 11, all students were encouraged to bring in at least a Loonie.

The responded by raising much more. The new roof is $1,569 closer to being built.

Edwards and Miss W. also worked in an educational component, so students would understand where their coins were headed. Edwards developed a slide presentation for the older children, explaining the hardships faced by Sierra Leone. Mrs. W. read books about poverty in Africa to primary students.

Greenleaf students also sent postcards to their penpals in Sierra Leone, illustrating Canada's four seasons and instructions on how to build a snowman.

Although coordinating the project took many hours, the effort was worth it, said Edwards.

"Valentine was so excited," said Edwards, who was also touched by the generosity that came from students.

The Grade 8 class even collected and counted the change every day.

It also won a pizza party, courtesy of Pizza Hut, for raising the most money, $205.

Wijayasingha was also pleased that Edwards thought to come home to launch the fundraiser.

"It's exhilarating to see kids come back to Greenleaf to support Waterdown and give back to the global community," she said.

Edwards is on the lookout for a new fundraising project to raise the roof on the Emiman Primary School. Anyone with ideas is asked to call her at 905-689-1247.

Changing the world here at home

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

When Katelyn Edwards wants to help the world, she heads back to her roots.

After hearing the heart-wrenching story of Valentine Sualley, a refugee from Sierra Leone, the Grade 11 Waterdown District High School student immediately asked him what she could do to help those people he left behind in the war-torn country.

Sualley is a volunteer with Canadian-based Peaceful Schools International. In October, he told WDHS students his story of poverty and escape from the troubled country. He has lived in Canada the past 11 years.

Sualley's story about a ravaged school in his hometown of Freetown stuck with Edwards.

The impoverished nation has no funds to rebuild the roof of the Emiman Primary School, so children are now unable to attend classes during bad weather.

So Edwards set to work on organizing a fundraising event.

The high school already did its part raising money for the cause with a Halloween dance, so Edwards headed next door, to her former grade school, Allan A. Greenleaf School, where she attended Grades 6-8; and back to her favourite teacher, Nirogi Wijayasingha.

"Miss W. helped with this so much," said Edwards of her former Grade 8 teacher.

Together, they worked out a plan for a Loonie Drive. Between November 4 and 11, all students were encouraged to bring in at least a Loonie.

The responded by raising much more. The new roof is $1,569 closer to being built.

Edwards and Miss W. also worked in an educational component, so students would understand where their coins were headed. Edwards developed a slide presentation for the older children, explaining the hardships faced by Sierra Leone. Mrs. W. read books about poverty in Africa to primary students.

Greenleaf students also sent postcards to their penpals in Sierra Leone, illustrating Canada's four seasons and instructions on how to build a snowman.

Although coordinating the project took many hours, the effort was worth it, said Edwards.

"Valentine was so excited," said Edwards, who was also touched by the generosity that came from students.

The Grade 8 class even collected and counted the change every day.

It also won a pizza party, courtesy of Pizza Hut, for raising the most money, $205.

Wijayasingha was also pleased that Edwards thought to come home to launch the fundraiser.

"It's exhilarating to see kids come back to Greenleaf to support Waterdown and give back to the global community," she said.

Edwards is on the lookout for a new fundraising project to raise the roof on the Emiman Primary School. Anyone with ideas is asked to call her at 905-689-1247.