Sstudents create gift bags for homeless

Take a tour of École Puntledge Park elementary school this year and you will notice something new.

ÉCOLE PUNTLEDGE PARK students are collecting items to create Christmas gift bags for homeless people.

ÉCOLE PUNTLEDGE PARK students are collecting items to create Christmas gift bags for homeless people.

Take a tour of École Puntledge Park elementary school this year and you will notice something new.

The Puntledge staff and students are sharing their ‘I Can’ spirit. Last school year, teachers Doug David and Nick Moore introduced their Grade 5/6 class to the ‘I Can’ initiative.

The concept came from Kiran Bir Sethi, a teacher in India who challenged her students to make a difference in their local communities. The movement became infectious and as a result millions of children in India were identifying problems in their communities and developing strategies to solve those problems.

Inspired by Kiran Bir Sethi’s remarkable TED talk, the Puntledge Grade 5/6 students began developing their own I Can projects by identifying issues in their community and implementing strategies to make a difference.

Within a short time, the I Can spirit had spread around the school district and other intermediate students were embarking on initiatives to support their larger community.

Fast forward a year later and Puntledge Park has taken the lead from Mr. Moore and Mr. David’s class to undertake I Can challenges schoolwide. Mme. Chantal Stefan, is a student teacher at Puntledge Park and also the founder of the non-profit organization Everybody Deserves a Smile.

EDAS’ volunteers help kindness grow in a hands-on way throughout communities across Vancouver Island. One of EDAS’ annual projects is to provide homeless people in the Comox Valley with a Christmas Care Package during the holiday season.

With Mme. Stefan’s experience, the students and staff members are ready to show their I Can spirit by supporting the homeless this Christmas.

“We challenged students at the beginning of this school year to take on I Can projects. This is a great example of I Can as every student in our school will be making a contribution to this effort,” noted Puntledge principal Kevin Reimer.

In the coming weeks all students at Puntledge Park will create gift bags, Christmas cards, and taking collections of donated items to fill the bags. With more than 460 students in the school Puntledge students will be able to supply a Christmas Care Package for every homeless person in the Comox Valley and many in Victoria as well.

To make this I Can project a success, Puntledge Park needs some significant help from the community. École Puntledge Park Elementary will be the drop-off centre for Comox Valley citizens who would like to help Puntledge students make a difference.

The students of Puntledge Park are looking for the following items in new or gift-like condition to be dropped off at the school: toques, scarves, mitts, socks, brushes, toothbrushes, toothpaste and soap. The students will decorate gift bags, make Christmas cards and bake cookies to go in each bag along with the donated items. The school will accept items until Dec. 7.

— École Puntledge Park Elementary

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A B.C. Centre for Disease Control map showing new COVID-19 cases by local health area for the week of April 25-May 1. (BCCDC image)
Vancouver Island’s COVID-19 case counts continue to trend down

Fewer than 200 active cases on the Island, down from highs of 500-plus earlier this spring

Cumberland is hoping for its lab at the Cumberland Health Centre to re-open. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Cumberland hopeful for lab re-opening

“People in Cumberland are getting a little bit left behind with the loss of that lab.”

Ramona Johnson at the I-Hos Gallery. Photo by Ali Roddam/Black Press
Community rallying to support I-Hos Gallery manager

Ramona Johnson has recently been diagnosed with cancer for the second time

Brian Chow, a medical first responder for the Comox Valley division of St. John Ambulance for over six years, is one of the volunteers giving time at the COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Comox. Photo supplied
Medical first responders volunteer at Comox vaccine clinic

St. John Ambulance Medical First Responder (MFR) volunteers are providing support and… Continue reading

A West Vancouver developer has applied to the City of Courtenay to construct a 39-unit strata development at 2650 Copperfield Rd. Scott Stanfield photo
Courtenay council gives second reading to contentious development proposal

At the May 3 meeting, Courtenay council approved second reading for a… Continue reading

Jay Valeri and Lyndsey Bell own Bigfoot Donuts in downtown Courtenay. File photo
Courtenay donut shop wins Small Business BC Award

Bigfoot Donuts has won the Premier’s People’s Choice category of the Small… Continue reading

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The following is a list of restaurants offering take-out and patio dining. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
List of Comox Valley restaurants offering take-out, patio dining options

Restaurants in the Comox Valley continue to adapt to government-imposed restrictions in… Continue reading

Jay Valeri and Lyndsey Bell own Bigfoot Donuts in downtown Courtenay. File photo
Courtenay donut shop wins Small Business BC Award

Bigfoot Donuts has won the Premier’s People’s Choice category of the Small… Continue reading

Starting Tuesday, May 11, B.C. adults born in 1981 and earlier will be able to register for a vaccine dose. (Haley Ritchie/Black Press Media)
BC adults 40+ eligible to book COVID-19 vaccinations next week

Starting Tuesday, people born in 1981 and earlier will be able to schedule their inoculation against the virus

Parks Canada and Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks dig the washed up Princess M out from sand along the south shore of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Rescue attempt costs man his boat off Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Coast Guard response questioned after volunteer responder’s speedboat capsizes in heavy swells

Al Kowalko shows off the province’s first electric school bus, running kids to three elementary and two secondary schools on the West Shore. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
B.C.’s first electric school bus making the rounds in Victoria suburbs

No emissions, no fuel costs and less maintenance will offset the $750K upfront expense

Road sign on Highway 1 west of Hope warns drivers of COVID-19 essential travel road checks on the highways into the B.C. Interior. (Jessica Peters/Chilliwack Progress)
B.C. residents want travel checks at Alberta border, MLA says

Police road checks in place at highways out of Vancouver area

Victoria police say the photo they circulated of an alleged cat thief was actually a woman taking her own cat to the vet. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Photo of suspected cat thief released by Victoria police actually just woman with her pet

Police learned the she didn’t steal Penelope the cat, and was actually taking her cat to the vet

Most Read