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Students from Robert H. Smith raise cash for kids

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École Robert H. Smith school will hold its annual community breakfast this coming Fri., March 7.
This will be the seventh time that staff, students and volunteers from the Oak Street school have hosted the event.

Principal Tom Rossi explained how the school has a philosophy of giving back to the community. Grade 6 students did research on local charities and made presentations to their peers who then voted on who to support this year.

Some of their excellent single and group presentations gave the young students some valuable life experience and was a definite confidence booster.

Previous events have raised over $20,000 for Winnipeg Harvest and $13,000 for the Children’s Wish Foundation.

This year’s winner was the Children’s Hospital Foundation, which will receive all proceeds generated to support pediatric research at the Manitoba Institute of Child Health as well as equipment for patient care and health.

A goal of over $10,000 has been set but the breakfast is not just about raising money; it’s also about fostering an interest in and awareness of local charities.

The breakfast will once again be covered live by various local media outlets, including The Joe Show on 102.3 Clear FM, CTV’s Morning Show and City TV’s Breakfast Television.

 It will be a celebrity event, too. Past guests have included football players from both the Blue Bombers and the University of Manitoba Bisons as well as the mayor and the premier.

This year, guests are rumoured to include more football players as well as members of the police service, city councillors, members of parliament and staff from the mayor’s office.

Catering will be generously provided by The Original Pancake House along with DeLuca’s and Starbucks coffee.

There will be door prizes and a silent auction, where you will have a chance to win a Jonathan Toews autographed Blackhawks jersey and signed Jets and Goldeyes jerseys as well as haircuts, massages, manicures, free pizza for a year, an iPad, catering for 50 guests by Stella’s, a movie for 50 and much more.

There will be kiddies’ entertainment in the form of a jumping pit, knee hockey, basketball toss, pitching cage, clowns and an autograph table with sports stars.

Be warned, though, it can be busy — crowd of over 1,000 is expected. Tickets are just $5 each.

The breakfast runs from 6:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. this Friday and it has a Canadian Olympic theme, so wear red and white and come on down.


Trevor Smith is a community correspondent for River Heights. You can contact him via email at smitht@mymts.net

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