All RACK’d Up at Ruth M. Buck

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The ability to empower others to think or do things differently is a skill that many teachers have been blessed with.  Today’s story comes to us from Ruth M. Buck Elementary School in Regina, SK where two middle years teachers have given their students an experience we are sure will stick with them for years to come.  Thanks so much for sharing this story of generosity, learning, and kindness.  We are so very proud of you and your students!

Pinterest has become the next big thing, and unfortunately I succumbed to its interesting pictures and mouth-watering recipes.  I noticed a lot of posts for ‘random acts of kindness’ in my many hours of scrolling.  These posts became a bit of an inspiration for me and led to several classroom discussions.  After consultations with my colleague, Rulene Gilroy, we decided to embark upon a mission to bestow Random Acts of Christmas Kindness on our community with our grade eight students.  We called this our RACK’d project.

LetterToSantaOne of the first things we did was act as elves from the North Pole and the grade eights answered letters to Santa from the Grade two and three students at our school (our reading buddies).  We also made each child a bag of home-made play dough and a bag of magic reindeer food (Complete with poetic instructions).  These letters and gifts were dropped off mysteriously to our reading buddies.  Coincidentally, the grade eights showed up a few minutes later to sing “We wish you a Merry Christmas!” and then stayed to help the little ones read their personalized letters from Santa’s elves.  They were very excited!

BakingTraysOur next task was for the grade eights to bring baking from home.  This baking was organized into trays of various sizes.  We also received a donation for our project of 30 boxes of sour gummie worms!  The baking and the worms along with cards written by the grade eights were delivered to teachers in our building and the Catholic School across the street.

The students thought that, in light of the tragedy in Connecticut, we should thank our emergency services employees who work long hours and would be working through the holidays to keep us safe.  A care package was dropped ReginaPoliceoff at the fire hall in our area, EMS Central Station, as well as the Police Station.  Each care package included baking, candies and a letter written by the students thanking them for all they do.  At the police station, the Chief of Police even came down to talk to the students who made that delivery!

The grade eight students at Ruth M Buck enjoyed this project.  They showed leadership, sympathy, empathy, compassion and the giving spirit of the season!  We were really proud of them.  They made a difference!  Our hope and theirs is that we inspired someone else to do a good deed for someone else.

Amie Sitter & Rulene Gilroy

Grade Eight Teachers

Ruth M Buck School

Regina, SK

What act of kindness will you do today?  Who will benefit from your generosity of time, talents, energy, and thought?

Chase Made A Difference … Will You?

HomeSense Saskatoon Supports Their Community By Paying It Forward

HomeSenseToday’s Pay It Forward story comes to us from the City of Bridges … Saskatoon, SK.  Patricia Munroe, manager of the Saskatoon HomeSense store has shared with us some of the great community minded support that her and her team chose to participate in this past holiday season to make a difference for others in their city.  We also LOVE the fact that they chose to include Chase’s Pay It Forward cards in the giving that was done as lessons were taught and learned about the power of generosity and kindness.  Thanks for sharing your stories Patricia and for also ensuring that Chase’s memory was a part of your Pay It Forward actions!

Have a great Monday everyone!!

Happy New Year! May 2013 bring only Peace, Love, and Happiness to you and your family!

This Christmas HomeSense Saskatoon’s management and staff partnered with OPERATION CHRISTMAS STORE at King George School.

King George SChool

One of my assistant managers, April, and her sister Carla, collected donations of new and gently used gift items, and set up a Christmas store in one of the classrooms at the school.

We contributed approximately $700.00 to purchase new toys to go in the store. The money was raised from the popcorn we sell through out the year in the store.

Each child was given 3 tokens and told they could pick three people in their lives that they would like to buy a Christmas gift for. Then they were surprised by a visit to the Christmas tree to select a gift for themselves.

KGLOgoMany of these children had never before been able to give anyone a gift at Christmas and for most their past Christmas’s have been very modest.

The students were in awe of all the wonderful gifts. Tears were shed by the volunteers at the absolute delight and joy on their small faces as they made their selections. There were also many touching, heartfelt comments from the staff, students and teachers.

Here is an excerpt from the letter from the principal, David Crowell, “WE ARE ALL STILL BASKING IN THE GLOW CAST BY YOUR EVENT. THE STUDENTS ARRIVED AT SCHOOL WITH A LITTLE LESS WEIGHT ON THEIR SHOULDERS HAVING HAD AN EARLY CHRISTMAS.”

New Pay-it-Forward CardAs each child was given their tokens they were told CHASE’S story and given a Pay It Forward card. They were very interested in him and asked many questions.  We hope they embrace the concept of pay it forward as Chase did !!!  We look forward to being able to partner with Operation Christmas Store again this year.

Blessings in 2013
Patricia Munroe

The second story that Patricia shared with us really helps to give more meaning and purpose to Saskatoon’s second name “The City of Bridges”.

Saskatoon’s HomeSense, management and staff also partnered with THE BRIDGE on 20th in 2012 and are continuing our relationship through out 2013.  This is an amazing organization that works with the homeless and the very poor in Saskatoon.

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For the month of November and December my staff was allowed to wear denim to work in exchange for a contribution of either a food item or gently used winter wear.  We set up large boxes wrapped as presents at the front of the store and our customers also generously contributed to them.

We also had a toiletry basket in our associate lounge for them to contribute to.
Whenever I travel I collect the toiletry items from the hotel room and add to this basket through out the year.

I shared Chase’s story with the Pastor of The Bridge on 20th, and gave him a supply of the Pay it Forward cards to give out with the items we donated.

He was very excited about the opportunity to council on the blessings of giving as well as receiving and to share ways everyone can pay it forward no matter how little or how much you have!

You can find out more information about The Bridge on 20th by visiting their website at http://www.thebridge20.com/

 

Chase Made A Difference … Will You?

A Christmas Wish

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Take a moment and think about what makes the holiday season important and special to you. The Grinch may have been onto something when he pondered …  “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

What does Christmas mean to you, your family, your friends? What would you wish for that wasn’t for a material possession?

Take another moment to think about what your best Christmas Wish ever might be for your child(ren), your spouse, your family, your friends and loved ones, the planet and even complete strangers you encounter on a daily basis.

Once you’ve found your Best Christmas Wish Ever, take the time to share your wishes with others. Then take a look at some ways to make the Best Christmas Wish come true for someone else.  Pay It Forward today!!

Here’s hoping that your Best Christmas Wish ever comes true this year.

“A Wish for You”

If there could be only one thing in life for me to teach you, I would teach you to love …

To respect others so that you may
find respect in yourself.
To learn the value of giving,
so that if ever there comes a time
in your life that someone really needs,
you will give.

To act in a manner that you would wish
to be treated, to be proud of yourself.
To laugh and smile as much as you can,
in order to help bring joy back to the world.
To have faith in others,
to be understanding…

To stand tall in this world and
to learn to depend on yourself.
To only take from this earth those
things which you really need,
so there will be enough for others.

To not depend on money or material
things for your happiness, but
To learn to appreciate the people
who love you, the simple beauty
that God gave you and to find
peace and security within yourself.

 I hope I have done and
taught all of these things to others around me,
for they are love.

~Source Unknown~

My Grown Up Christmas List

Chase Made A Difference . . . Will You?