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October 26, 2016

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Cupcake funds for wildlife

Candice Vetter

Villager Staff

RUSSELL — Three students from Russell Public School showed their dedication to protecting wildlife by holding a cupcake sale during lunchtime at school, then donating all the proceeds to the World Wildlife Fund and to Parks Canada.

Addison Findlay, Celeste Willett and Nadia MacLean took on the fundraiser as a separate initiative after doing a project for Genius Hour at school. Genius Hour projects involve taking one topic and learning about it independently. For one hour per week, students research and do both oral and written presentations, as well as models, and a poster or a PowerPoint slideshow, under the guidance of teacher Jordan Ostler.

The three Grade 5 students focused on endangered species and water pollution, then decided to do something to help endangered species who were being further harmed by water pollution. So they drew up a proposal, met at lunch for three weeks, at home baked about 300 cupcakes (without adult help), advertised, and announced their sale in advance throughout the school. The cupcakes sold well, with special thanks to Ostler and also to principal Mhairi Rowland, who the students said bought 30 herself.

The girls collected $280 and have forwarded cheques to WWF and Parks Canada of $140 each.

These students have demonstrated their charitable spirit before. In Grade 3, they had a similar project and donated money to Red Panda and Save the Tigers.