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Gordon Terrace wraps up Nepal fundraiser; $6,000 collected by students over school year

Daily Townsman: When Jordan Simpson and his classmates at Gordon Terrace Elementary School decided they wanted to raise money to help a school in Nepal, they thought they’d sell a few Dilly Bars and send along a hundred or so dollars.

But when their entire school jumped on, things got bigger than they could have ever imagined. The school held a wrap-up assembly to celebrate a year of fundraising for the Canadian Friends of Nepal on June 25, where the final tally that would go to their peers in Nepal was announced.

Teacher Janet Levang was happy to announce that after all was said and done, the school had collected more than $6,000 that will be used to build an addition to a small school house in Nepal.

The fundraising originally started out with a Dilly Bar sale and took off. One class made friendship bracelets to sell, raising $550. The Canadian Tire money collection was the big earner, especially after the company’s head office got wind of the idea and offered to double whatever the students collected. By Christmas, Gordon Terrace had collected $1,775 towards their goal of $2,000. It was decided that they could do better than that.

For Valentine’s Day, carnations were sold and the annual book and DVD sale contributed to the fund. Townsman paper carrier Nathaniel Ralph began going door to door on his route asking for donations, and Aiden Stammen requested that his birthday party guests kick in some money in lieu of gifts. The same class that made the friendship bracelets began collecting pennies, and the rest of the school helped in many other ways. All together, $5,000 in Canadian Tire money was collected after it was doubled.

David and Patricia Stock, creators of the Friends, were on hand Monday to thank the students and show a slideshow with scenes from a recent Nepal trip. The students oohed and aahed over the incredible mountain views, but the monkeys and elephants were the biggest jaw droppers as they learned about the country on the other side of the Pacific Ocean.

The show then turned to the 45 minute walk from outside of Kathmandu, Nepal, into the village that would be forever changed thanks to the donations. It showed the poor but happy people going about their everyday life, and scenes from inside the current school house.

So far, the Canadian Friends of Nepal have had a huge impact on the tiny village. They have been able to provide school uniforms, notebooks and pens, school bags and more. The students got a glimpse of the already-started construction prep.

Gordon Terrace principal Michelle Sartorel said she was proud of all the students, and that the assembly was a culmination of an entire year at the school.

As the students fundraised, the village in Nepal did not sit idly by. The townspeople began prepping the land that will be used to create the new three-room addition. The new space will house new classrooms and a medical room for the community. The construction is set to begin in the fall. David Stock told the students they would like to start sooner, but just like in Canada, the Nepalese village is waiting for approval from their version of a city council.

Published Date: Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 | 10:41 AM

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