A lesson in giving

Students making holidays special for other kids


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The Christmas spirit can be such a powerful force, it can sometimes move mountains — Miracle on Mountain, that is.

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The Christmas spirit can be such a powerful force, it can sometimes move mountains — Miracle on Mountain, that is.

And when children get into the spirit, they can take it to a whole new level.

Take the Grade 7 math and science students in teacher Kathy Stardom’s classroom at Henry G. Izatt Middle School.

left, with barbie), Kaylee McMannes (blue centre), and some of her Grade 7 Math and Science class students have been busy gathering new toys for our Miracle on Mountain for Christmas Cheer Board. Names of students: Abby MacInnes , Veronica Sokolov and Alaina Simpson (right, in purple RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Henry G. Izatt Middle School Teacher Kathy Stardom . The whole class is busy gathering new toys for our Miracle on Mountain tree! This photo is for Kevin’s column. Kevin Rollason | Reporter Dec 0/7, 2017

As Stardom says, it all started when her mother-in-law clipped out the first column of the Free Presss Miracle on Mountain campaign — in which we asked students, classrooms and schools to bring donations of new, unwrapped toys to put under the Christmas tree in our lobby.

We promised not only would the toys go to help those who need it most through our campaign to assist the Christmas Cheer Board, but we’d also give students a pat on the back by giving them a bit of publicity.

Stardom said her husband’s school was already busy doing good work for another cause, so she decided to ask her classroom if they wanted to join the campaign.

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Henry G. Izatt Middle School teacher Kathy Stardom (centre) and some of her Grade 7 students (clockwise from left): Abby MacInnes, Kaylee McMannes, Veronica Sokolov and Alaina Simpson. The students are contributing to the Free Press’s Miracle on Mountain campaign.

“They said yes, they wanted to be part of it,” Stardom said. “I also emailed other teachers, and two other Grade 6 teachers said they would be interested. The classes have been making posters and giving presentations in other classrooms… There are a lot of students who have jumped in with both feet.

“They want to donate even more.”

Abby MacInnes and Nazar Viznytsya are just two of the students in Stardom’s classroom working hard at getting presents to donate.

“I wanted to do it immediately,” said Abby, 12. “I love helping people. I like putting a smile on kids’ faces. We have everything and they have nothing.”

Abby said she has already donated some stocking stuffers, but she wants to bring in a bracelet-making kit for a child around 10 years of age and a nail-polishing kit for a girl her age.

“My parents told me this is a good opportunity to help other people,” she said.

Nazar said he plans to go to a store to take a look at the toy shelves.

“I’m going to see what I like, because that is what they’ll like,” he said. “I’ll probably look for boys’ games and cards… My parents said I am doing a good job to help people out not as fortunate as I am.”

Stardom agrees the students are having fun, but they are also learning an important lesson.

“At this time of year, everybody is all excited,” she said. “To have the students want to give to other children who don’t have as much as they do is a lesson.”

And these students are great teachers, too. They are teaching us simply by purchasing a toy that we, too, can help someone out there who may receive little, if anything at all, during this festive time.

It’s a lesson we all can learn.

It’s up to you, now: the Free Press building doors are open daily weekdays at 8:30 a.m. Please help.


Kevin Rollason

Kevin Rollason

Kevin Rollason is one of the more versatile reporters at the Winnipeg Free Press. Whether it is covering city hall, the law courts, or general reporting, Rollason can be counted on to not only answer the 5 Ws — Who, What, When, Where and Why — but to do it in an interesting and accessible way for readers.


Updated on Saturday, December 9, 2017 8:29 AM CST: Photo added

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