Student Activity Council (SAC) Fundraising Report: June 2011
The Stephen Lewis Secondary School SAC was very busy during semester two. They ran a Valentine’s Spirit Week which promoted fun and friendship. The big SAC event this semester was Charity Week. SAC worked tirelessly to raise funds for Right To Play. During the week of April 11-15, SAC members coordinated events like A Minute to Win It: Fast Food Edition and a sponge toss and organized the homeroom fundraising challenge. Congratulations to Ms. Hogarth’s home room class who were the winners of the home room challenge, raising over $700! SAC also sold Right to Play clothing, which can be spotted on our students and staff as they walk the school hallways.
The SAC’s big Charity Week event was the Carnival and Car Wash which was held on Saturday, April 30. Volunteers ran a variety of events, which included a barbeque, carnival games, cotton candy, face painting and a giant game of Twister. Residents of the Churchill Meadows community and the Stephen Lewis Secondary School family came out to have some fun and raise a little money for a great cause. As a result of tremendous efforts made by students, school staff and the local community, this year’s SAC Charity Week raised $20,000 for Right To Play, which is the highest amount our school has raised during charity week since we opened in 2006. The Stephen Lewis SAC is very proud of their efforts and are thankful for all of the support that they have received for their events this year. SAC looks forward to planning more fun-filled events for the 2011-2012 school year.
RELAY FOR LIFE
“What can be done in 12 hours? More than we all think. Our school definitely proves this and I’m truly grateful to each individual who supported this great cause. Together, we can and will make cancer history!” Jessie (Co-Chair of the Stephen Lewis Relay for Life 2011 Event) .
On May 6th, Stephen Lewis Secondary School hosted their second annual Relay for Life event. With over 300 students, staff and community members attending, this 12-hour event was definitely a memorable one. The Canadian Cancer Society's Relay for Life gives you and your community the opportunity to celebrate cancer survivors, remember and honour loved ones lost to cancer and to continue fighting back every day of the year. This motivating and touching event is an overnight, non-competitive relay involving teams of 10–15 people who take turns walking, running, or wheeling around the track. The Stephen Lewis teams demonstrated how a community can come together and truly make a difference. The students and staff beyond doubt exemplified the school’s motto, community, excellence and respect as their hard work and dedication raised $30,000 – donated directly to the Canadian Cancer Society for cancer research and funding. With the effort and enthusiasm that Stephen Lewis students put into Relay for Life, we are surely on the right track to making this horrible disease, a non-existent one.
Green Revolution is Stephen Lewis Secondary School’s Environmental Action Club. This group of dynamic, passionate and committed students organized and participated in a number of events to raise awareness of environmental issues that exist locally and globally. They organized and hosted Café de la Terre (a fair trade café) during lunch. Students participated in raising awareness about Earth Hour, by reducing energy consumption and participating in Unplugged (a creative jam session during lunch featuring some of the most talented students at Stephen Lewis S.S.). Students also participated in a community wide stewardship day, as well as a veggie BBQ. Finally, almost 80 trees were planted throughout the school grounds. These trees are a testament to the long term commitment our students have for the environment.
SAC Fundraising Report: June 2010
Hearts for Haiti
As we started second semester, the SAC prepared to continue the tradition of selling the ever popular Valentine’s Day flower and candy grams. However, the students of SLSS were devastated to hear of the tragic earthquake in Haiti, and we decided to change our direction for our Valentine’s Day events. The SAC started a Hearts for Haiti initiative, where students could donate to our fund and receive a red heart to write their name on. These hearts were then displayed around the school, reminding all to keep those in need close to their hearts. This event highlighted the true spirit of the SLSS community, and the SAC was able to raise $1,000 for the cause.
Chilean Earthquake Relief
The SAC also ran March Madness events and held a bake sale in honour of the victims of the earthquake in Chile.
Charity Week: MAD for Maddie
In April, the SAC spearheaded SLSS’s annual Charity Week. Throughout Charity Week, SLSS urged home forms to raise funds for MAD 4 Maddie, a charity founded by Sharon Babineau in honour of her daughter, Maddie. Maddie was a cancer patient who took her one wish granted by the Make a Wish Foundation and used it towards building a school in Africa, so that children could get the education they deserve. After Maddie’s death, her mother, Sharon, continued the fund in hopes of raising enough money to build a medical centre in Oloomirani, Kenya, the same village in which Maddie’s school was built.
The SAC challenged students and teachers to raise $10,000 for MAD 4 Maddie. All home forms took to this challenge. Some classes sold ice cream, waffles, goodie baskets and candy for Maddie’s cause. The SAC ran crowd favourite events like Spider on the Wall, Sponge Toss and Don’t Forget the Lyrics. To bring our week of events to a close, the SAC ran its annual community car wash and barbeque, complete with a bouncy castle! Staff and students spent the day fundraising for MAD 4 Maddie as well as helping to wash cars alongside our very own Ms. Wood! The day was a tremendous success. All SAC members and helpers should be proud of their hard work.
After counting all of the home form submissions, the SLSS community was successful in raising $11,500 for MAD for Maddie, surpassing our initial goal. The generosity of the Stephen Lewis staff and students brought Ms. Babineau to tears. Ms. Babineau thanked all SLSS students for this commitment to help her daughter’s dream and could not believe the wonderful students of SLSS. Way to go, SLSS! A special mention to both Ms. Jang-Ing’s Grade 12 class and the Arts Department’s SLSS Got Talent show, both of which raised $1,000 for the MAD 4 Maddie fund.