Throughout the District, students are leading fundraising campaigns and building awareness of important issues and initiatives. From vaccine equity and cancer research to helping combat homelessness and supporting reconciliation, below are just some of the many examples of student leadership in the community.
Students at Burnaby South Secondary are working to help people in developing countries get equitable access to vaccines for COVID-19. The initiative by the student club, South We Council, raised more than $4,000 in the first week alone. Their goal is have $5000 worth of donations for GAVI COVAX, a global charity focused on donating vaccines to developing countries. Learn more in an article in the Burnaby Now.
Burnaby Central has received a letter from the Terry Fox Foundation alerting the school that their fundraising efforts were among the highest in the province. The generosity and efforts of the school community led to more than $5,800 being raised for cancer research (top 6 of BC/Yukon secondary schools). Sperling Elementary was among the top fundraisers for elementary schools, placing fourteenth with a total of more than $8400. Collectively, schools in the District raise tens of thousands of dollars each year. Learn more.
A student club at Burnaby North Secondary collected donations to create a Thrift Expo to raise awareness of important issues and funds to help vulnerable people. True to its full name, the STAT Club – which stands for Securing Today and Tomorrow – set up the thrifting initiative to promote sustainability. They then took the $500 raised through sales and donated it to The Society to End Homelessness in Burnaby.
Brentwood Park Elementary raised $1,000 through their Hearts for Truth campaign, while journeying as a school on their own path toward reconciliation. They donated the funds to the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Foundation, which aims to build cultural understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
Posted April 2022