A trio of students at The King’s School took relief for the Philippines into their own hands.
On their own initiative, Grade 7 students Anna-Christina Schantz, Grace Friesen, and Nyah Zacharias teamed up for a three-day-long bake sale at the East Kildonan school from Nov. 26 to 28 to raise money for World Vision. The sale itself raised over $600, and an anonymous donor called the school on Nov. 26 pledging to match the first day’s sales, resulting in another $200. Coupled with the Government of Canada’s matching program, over $1,600 will be going to help in the rebuilding effort after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines last month.
Schantz initially came up with the idea to hold the fundraiser — initially planned as a pancake breakfast — and Friesen hopped on board after hearing about it.
Schantz helped raise funds after the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, and felt called into action to help once again.
"When I heard about it, (the earthquake) was what I thought of right away," Schantz said. "I just wanted to do something."
The duo credited their family members with helping out with the baking and the organizing.
Zacharias later got involved as a major contributor of baking. Eight other schoolmates also pitched in with tasty treats. The sale included desserts ranging from whoopie pie to chocolate chip cookie pie to brownies and blondies.
The trio enjoyed a three-day weekend prior to the bake sale, but used up many of their spare moments getting prepared, planning on the Friday and baking Saturday and Sunday.
"We weren’t even done after that six-hour day (on Saturday), because I still had to bake two batches of blondies," Friesen said. "We needed to bake a little bit more on Sunday."
They also put aside their evenings after the first two days of the bake sale, realizing they’d need to replenish their stocks for the next day’s efforts.
The students acknowledged they initially only expected to raise between $150 and $200, but were surprised with the generosity of the school community.
"They would hand us a $20 bill, take one thing, and say ‘Keep the change,’" Friesen said. "We had people donating so much money. It was great."
Principal Andrew Micklefield was thrilled to see the students make the effort, noting that’s the type of community he is hoping to help build at the school.
"It’s great to see students take unprompted initiative," he said. "Staff had nothing to do with this except giving permission— it was all student-driven. And we ate quite a lot of baking, too."