TEACHING RESPONSIBILITY - Teagan Beisel

Youngsters raise funds for the Red Deer SPCA

  • Dec. 2, 2015 3:38 p.m.

Kindergarten students at First Steps & Beyond Inc. worked hard to create a fundraiser for the Red Deer and District SPCA last week.

The children baked cookies, served hot chocolate and collected money for the local SPCA to help teach the children the importance of giving to others.

Teacher Tamara Stasyk said it can be a hard concept to teach children, but the students were getting the idea. “We’re really trying to incorporate the community, leadership, citizenship and responsibility into their learning,” she said.

“The kids are getting it slowly. We’re going to do some more fundraising and take some stuff to the Christmas Bureau as well, and also to the food bank. We’re trying to teach them about all of the things that less fortunate people need at this time of the year. We get so wrapped up in the commercial aspect of Christmas, so we’re trying to teach them that it’s not all about presents and getting more than other people.”

Stasyk explained that as part of the enhanced Kindergarten program at First Steps & Beyond, part of the curriculum is getting the kids involved in community. She said the kids gain a lot from these types of activities.

She said the children were given the option of how they could help the community and landed with a bake sale.

“We’re doing an enhanced Kindergarten program, so we try to incorporate all aspects of the community and this is a leadership program for them. They chose to raise money for the SPCA. In doing that, they decided a lemonade stand would be too cold, so they decided to do hot chocolate and cookies. We actually baked the cookies in class in a turkey roaster oven, six at a time – it was a long week of baking,” she laughed.

The children worked hard to bake and had fun participating in the fundraiser.

Evan Geurtson, 5, chatted about his experience.

“We raised money for SPCA so we can buy leashes and collars for the animals and dogs. Sometimes the animals need those things so animals don’t run away,” he said. “We made monster cookies. We crumbled them into balls and baked them. The best part was testing them.”

The kids will be heading down to the SPCA in December to hand over all of the profits from the fundraiser.

First Steps and Beyond, which recently celebrate its fifth anniversary, is inviting parents to the school on Dec. 3rd at 7 p.m. for a parent information night on the enhanced Kindergarten program. There will be information presented and opportunities for registration for next year. Stasyk said they hope to boost their attendance to 10 children for 2016.

kmendonsa@reddeerexpress.com

Just Posted

Jason Klaus testifies during cross-examination that he confessed during investigation

Accused tells court he could never have killed his family

Red Deer CFR details coming next week

Red Deerians invited to presentation of proposal

Scoring books at the Rebels game

Books on the Bus program teams up with Rebels for book drive

Innisfail RCMP respond to home invasion

Male victim sustained non-life threatening head injury

Mountie seriously injured in early morning collision near Devon

An erratic driver is said to have collided with an RCMP cruiser

WATCH: Red Deerians come together to ‘light the night’

Traditional Red Deer Lights the Night sees thousands

Black Friday fervour wanes as some consumers, retailers shun practice

Some businesses are choosing to opt out, while some shoppers are turning to buying online

Trudeau apologizes to excluded residential school students

PM makes statement to former students in Nfld who were left out of previous compensation, apology

BC RCMP hunt for white SUV that rammed cruiser

Kamloops RCMP are looking for a white SUV headed north on the Yellowhead Highway

Canadian screen stars want ‘action’ from industry meeting on sexual misconduct

‘Of course there’s been sexual harassment here. Absolutely. No question.’

Opioid prescriptions up across Canada: report

The report shows the number of opioid prescriptions rose by almost seven per cent, while daily doses on average dropped

Russian meddling has implications for Canada

Kosovo president Hashim Thaci warns that Russian meddling has implications for Canada

Health Canada hints at government’s plans for legal pot

Health warnings, plain covers for pot packs under proposed regulations

Most Read