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Bringing hope to Honduras: When young people do BIG things

When Carrie found out her daughters were finally getting a new, renovated school, she was thrilled. The students and teachers at C.R. Gummow in Cobourg, Ontario, had outgrown the old building and it was time for a change.

Like all parents, Carrie understood the new school was needed. But she also thought a new construction project like this provided their tight-knit community with the opportunity to create change for students in need. That’s when Carrie turned to Plan – an organization she and her family had supported for years.

“I brought my idea to the School Council about fundraising in parallel to the new construction,” said Carrie. And as she explains, it would be “a simultaneous campaign to give a school to a community in need.”

Putting change on the school agenda

The School Council approved the idea. Carrie would act as the project’s point-person, managing all the fundraising events and keeping track of their lofty $10,000 goal. It was the first time the school had taken on such an ambitious project for charity.

“A project like this needs a champion to keep it moving forward,” explains Carrie. And with the help of over 700 students, staff and parents, that’s exactly what she did. “From the beginning the students were 100% excited about the project.”

A teacher kneels at children's desk to help them out

The new school in Honduras will help ensure children are reaching their full potential.

Building a school for children in Honduras

Carrie and the students began their mission to help build a school in Honduras through Plan’s Gifts of Hope program. It was a big undertaking, but the students were more than ready for the challenge.

“The Student Council decided to donate any money traditionally raised through school Spirit Days exclusively to our campaign,” says Carrie. “Children donated money from making items to sell. Some families passed the hat at Christmas parties, and 2 families hosted skating parties. And several local businesses offered deals on products with a portion of sales going to our campaign.”

It was a true community effort, but one fundraiser made a real difference. For 4 months the school offered Kernel’s popcorn as part of the hot lunch program. All proceeds from the sale of the popcorn went to the project, and sure enough, the orders kept popping!

“My husband and I spent many winter evenings sorting, packing and organizing popcorn orders for each classroom and delivering them on appointed days,” explains Carrie.

A new school of thought

Three young girls at a lemonade stand.

Gummow students hosted a lemonade stand and sold bags of popcorn.

After a successful school year filled with fundraising, Carrie and the students at C.R. Gummow reached their goal. Carrie wrote about the project in the school’s bi-monthly newsletter, and many teachers integrated a ‘global mindset’ curriculum into their classrooms, inspired by the Honduras school build.

The students knew their gift would support the education of thousands of students in Honduras, providing them with the resources and supplies they need to build promising futures. It was more than just a big structure – it was an opportunity to create positive change.

“Things like this promote a spirit of generosity in our kids and when they see the grownups getting involved, I think it demonstrates that they can take action in their own lives,” explains Carrie. “Where there is a need, even little people can do big things.”

We couldn’t agree more! The students at Gummow exceeded everyone’s expectations, even their own. We can’t wait to see the new school in Honduras filled with hundreds of happy children.

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