Junior French Classes Giving Back in November
Bonjour! During the rest of October and the month of November, all of our Junior French classes will have the opportunity to participate in preparing the Royal City Mission Winter Survival Kits again this year. It is a community outreach project with our French classes where they get a chance to positively impact someone in need and hopefully bring a little cheer and happiness to them. In the past four years, we have put together over 420 kits filled with essential items and treats for our neighbours in need. It has been exciting to see the kits piled on our tables ready to be delivered.
We have partnered with the Royal City Mission in downtown Guelph, an outreach that provides up to 600 free meals each week to anyone in need. Our kits will be handed out at the end of one of the evening meals served the first week of December. These little kits will help the clients better prepare for the cold winter months ahead. I have had the opportunity to volunteer at the Mission for a number of years and have met many amazing people there. The Mission provides people with a safe, warm place to sit and eat a meal.
The responses have been very positive to our winter kits and the director is looking forward to us participating again this year. She loves that we personalize each kit with a note of encouragement in French and English. Last year, I had the privilege of being there the evening they were handed out. It was a very special experience. After supper, the folks were invited to come and choose a kit. As they opened the kits at their tables, many faces revealed that they were thrilled with what treasures they found and the cards were quickly slipped into coat pockets to be cherished. Later in the winter, I still saw some of our socks being worn when I volunteered. Our Rockwood students have touched many hearts at Royal City Mission with your help and support.
This year we are hoping to once again stuff 100+ kits! We will be collecting items throughout the next few weeks. The following list are the key items that we are hoping to gather:
1. new adult size warm socks, kid size warm socks (a few are needed)
2. toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss
3. soap, cream, lip balm, hand sanitizer, rounded nail file, deoderant, hand cream
4. gloves, hats, mitts
5. nut free candies, chocolate, candy canes
Students can bring in their items and drop them in French class anytime this month. Each class will have a box at the back of the classroom. If you have any questions or would like to help out with this project, please give me a call or e-mail me.
Madame Lisa McColeman
Connection to Curricular Expectations: As part of our Intercultural Understanding component of our French Curriculum students will demonstrate an understanding of information in oral French texts about aspects of culture in diverse French-speaking communities and other communities around the world, and of French sociolinguistic conventions used in a variety of situations and communities.
“Do the small things with Great love.” (Mother Teresa)