The leadership team at Sacred Heart School/Ecole Sacre Coeur in Estevan has raised enough money for a school to be built in another country.
The students raised $10,340, which surpassed the $10,000 that they needed, according to Grade 7/8 French Immersion teacher Nancy Bourbonnais. They spent several months fundraising, and reached their objective on June 25 – the second-last day of the school year.
A lot of donations came in on the 25th to push them past their goal, Bourbonnais said.
“Now that we're over, it's unbelievable,” said Bourbonnais.
The leadership team, which includes both English and French Immersion students in Grades 7 and 8, embarked on the fundraising campaign in December after attending We Day in Saskatoon. They learned that Free the Children – which spearheads We Day – wants to build 500 schools around the world. A new school costs $10,000.
The students embarked on a Buy a Brick campaign to raise money. A supporter could purchase a brick for $20. A total of 500 bricks were needed.
A makeshift brick wall in the gymnasium tracked their progress.
Students did a candy gram sale in December, a change war between the classrooms in January, a bottle drive in April, an all-night sports night in June, and various fundraisers the other months.
“As teachers, we donate money for dress-down days during the year, so about seven or eight teachers donated $100 each for dress down days, and we put it directly towards the bricks,” said Bourbonnais.
They don't know where the school will be built, but Bourbonnais said Free the Children is currently focusing on India and Africa.