This April two TFSS staff members had the exciting opportunity to pay Brown Public School a visit. In addition to thanking Mme. Breslin and her grade 4/5 class for supporting their charity, TFSS, they told the students about the impact their fundraising efforts had.
For a number of years now, under the leadership of Mme. Breslin, Brown PS has been supporting TFSS’ annual Red Nose Campaign. This year a dedicated team of 5 students spearheaded the campaign and together they managed to raise nearly $700. And, they had a lot of fun along the way!
While visiting the class, a number of students asked really thought provoking questions like, “how much money does it take to provide a meal for a hungry student?” And, “how many students have their eyes tested (though the Gift of Sight and Sound program)?”. Great questions, which goes to show how passionate and dedicated this class is about helping fellow TDSB students!
Volunteers are the backbone of all Student Nutrition Programs across our city. Parents, staff, students and corporate partners generously give their time to feed our students. In lieu of National Volunteer Week (April 12 – 18), here are some quotes from students and staff that are part of the George Harvey CI nutrition program.
"The breakfast program is a great community building experience. Students and staff work side by side for a common purpose: to make sure everyone gets a good breakfast."- Michael Connolly, Teacher
"Volunteering here is like volunteering to be a family – you laugh, you have fun, you look out for each other, and take care of each other. We’re the definition of a family." - Student
"The breakfast program has taught me many things and has given me more ideas for breakfast dishes. I enjoy working and helping out with the rest of the volunteers." - Student
"Having the privilege to work in the breakfast program ‘JumpStart’ has become a daily routine I most definitely enjoy. Cooperating with the rest of the volunteers, including Vince, is always a great start to my day. Being part of this established program has taught me many new things about the kitchen and good nutrition. The food is not only healthy, but as well great in taste. Vince is an amazing friend to everyone. I appreciate all of his hard work. I look up to him.” - Student
Cedarvale might be small in size, but their impact has been huge! After listening to a TFSS presentation over three years ago, staff and students felt inspired to rally together to help students in need throughout their city. Since that very first presentation, every year, students participate in a Valentine’s Day dance-a-thon to help raise funds and awareness for TFSS.
Leading up to the dance-a-thon, they take the opportunity to discuss some of the issues that are happening, and how their charity helps, through a community presentation. This annual event has not only raised thousands of dollars for TFSS, but they’ve also been able to spread the word! Great work, Cedarvale. We can’t wait until next year’s dance!
Leading up to the holiday break, Ms. Milenkovic’s grade 6 class was getting excited for their class’s secret Santa gift exchange. Before anyone started to purchase gifts, Ms. Milenkovic made a suggestion that the class vote on either getting presents for each other, or combining the funds they would have used to purchase gifts for each other to give ‘gifts’ to needy students in Toronto. Overwhelmingly, students wanted to donate their money, rather than purchasing and receiving gifts for themselves.
Upon hearing the news, TFSS reps wanted to meet this selfless class to thank them in person and explain how their donation helped. At the end of the visit, one of the students’ raised their hand and told the TFSS presenter that they did wonderful work to help children and youth. Our response: Ms. Milenkovic’s grade 6 class, YOU are the ones that do great work!
Allenby Junior Public School – January 2015
Every year, the grade 6 leaders at Allenby Junior Public School research local and global initiatives to support. This year, TFSS was selected because they understood that students their own age, in their own community, might need an extra hand up in order to receive the education that they deserve.
In mid-December, the students took to the streets to make noise about the issue, while raising money to support their peers. They decided to host a bake sale at their school selling lots of delicious cookies, cupcakes, brownies and other goodies. It was a huge success, raising over $1,700.00! Since the first bake sale was such a hit, the students have chosen to host another one to help support more students across our city. Thank you Allenby! We at TFSS feel extremely lucky to have such strong student leaders in our corner!
John Ross Robertson Junior Public School – January 2015
John Ross Robertson has been a long-time supporter of TFSS. Every year, at the start of the school year, students bring home their pizza lunch order forms. At the bottom of the form, parents and students have the option to “top up” their orders by making a donation to TFSS. This act alone has raised thousands for students in need. Something as simple as topping up their pizza orders goes a huge way – from nourishing hungry students to ensuring a warm coat or new glasses, they’re helping in more ways than one.
The most inspiring part; they don’t stop there! John Ross Robertson students have also participated in TFSS signature campaigns, such as the Red Nose Campaign, to further their reach. Great Job!