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Give our Westwood students a hand

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Most parents believe their kids are something special. Westwood parents now have proof.


Three of the 10 choirs invited to perform at the Evening of Choral Excellence on March 14 featured Westwood students. The choral event was the formal wrap-up to the Winnipeg Music Festival, one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious music festivals.


St. James-Assiniboia School Division is known for its commitment to the arts and musical excellence. Congratulations to all participating choirs and an extra round of applause for the directors/choristers of the SJASD Junior Concert Choir, Lincoln Singers and Golden Gate Vocal Express.


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Westwood Collegiate students are hoping you’ll lend a helping hand in support of charity. They have designated April as Hero Month in support of Growing Opportunities International (GO!).


Activities will raise awareness and funds for Hero Home, the future residence of street kids and orphans in Tanzania. Event organizers point out that Hero Home is being built by hand — if every one of us recognizes that we hold the future in own hands, we all have the ability to make a difference — together we can build a better life for others.


Events include GO! Homeless April 13 and 14 during which participants will simulate being homeless (as much as the school division allows) by camping indoors with only cardboard boxes for comfort, sharing a meal of beans and rice similar to the rations given to the homeless in Tanzania.


TAG10 encourages students to ‘tag’ family and friends with a card inviting them to make a donation. Funds will be accepted online or in the office.  


The Goals for GO! Soccer Tournament set for April 20 and 21 aims to make a direct connection between the community and the cause. The Hero Home kids play soccer to have fun, develop life skills and build self confidence. Members of the community can put a team together and help build the home with their $50 team registration fee. Teams will play four 15-minute games. Age categories will include 10-and-under, 10 to 13 years, 14 to 16, 17-and-under and an open (18-plus). Registration forms can be found online at http://docs.com/JHNO or picked up at the school office. The deadline for registration deadline is April 16.  


For more information on Hero Month activities, go to the Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/ HeroMonthAtWestwoodCollegiate) or email organizers at heromonthatwestwoodcollegiate@gmail.com.


Sharon Pfeifer is a community correspondent for Westwood. You can contact her at sdrinteractive@shaw.ca.

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