Ella Burrow-Weber, left, Mackenzie Clarke and Irene Gagnon lead the publicity side of 12 Days of Christmas.                                 MIKE YOUDS PHOTO

Ella Burrow-Weber, left, Mackenzie Clarke and Irene Gagnon lead the publicity side of 12 Days of Christmas. MIKE YOUDS PHOTO

The 12 Days of Christmas

Grade 5/6 students in Port Alberni learn through leadership

MIKE YOUDS

Special to the News

An Alberni elementary class discovered the recipe for a successful community fundraiser this month, rising to the challenge of organizing an event called 12 Days of Christmas.

This is the second year Alberni Elementary has held the fundraiser for Bread of Life Centre in support of the faith-based ministry’s annual Christmas Day free dinner.

The difference this time is that a class of Grade 5/6 late French immersion students was in charge of the two events involved, a bake sale and popcorn sale.

Their teacher, Jeff Bordal, said the fundraiser is intended to develop the students’ leadership skills as they assume responsibility for various tasks such as promotion and preparation.

“This year we opened it up,” said Bordal, who organized the effort last year. “It was their idea.”

The two-year late French immersion program is designed to accommodate intermediate students who can benefit from the additional challenge, he explained.

“You have at least two years of a booster shot of French,” he said.

“For the most part we have motivated students, students who need extra challenges.”

All advertising, of course, must be in their second language, French, as well as English. The students busily handcrafted posters to splash around the school.

“We’re going to send out a newsletter,” said Irene Gagnon, part of the trio leading the publicity side of the fundraiser.

Another team organized the popcorn side of the fundraiser, using a school popping machine to prepare $2 bags for the school’s Holiday Movie Day on Dec. 18.

With about 400 students at the school as potential buyers, student co-organizer Nathan Zvonar figures they should be able to raise a lot of money for the Bread of Life, especially if kids buy more than one bag.

Registration is underway for late French immersion program’s next intake, Bordal noted.

Just Posted

Port Alberni court house (Alberni Valley News)
Coroners’ inquest into 2016 death of Port Alberni teen rescheduled for June 21

18-year-old Jocelyn George died of heart failure after spending time in jail cell

CELEBRATING IN STYLE
Members of the 2021 Alberni District Secondary School graduating class pose for a photo at McLean Mill National Historic Site on June 12. Graduates held their prom on Saturday, although things looked a little different due to COVID-19. See more on page A10. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Port Alberni 2021 grads celebrate prom with car cruise

Special event held at McLean Mill National Historic Site

The Port Alberni Bombers are one of the newest teams in the VIJHL. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Port Alberni Bombers to host first ID camp for roster spots

Roster spots for the Junior B team will be filled at the conclusion of the camp

Douglas Holmes, current Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District chief administrative officer, is set to take on that position at the Regional District of Nanaimo come late August. (Submitted photo)
Regional District of Nanaimo’s next CAO keen to work on building partnerships

Douglas Holmes to take over top administrator role with RDN this summer

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

(Black Press Media file)
Dirty money: Canadian currency the most germ-filled in the world, survey suggests

Canadian plastic currency was found to contain 209 bacterial cultures

(pixabay file shot)
B.C. ombudsperson labels youth confinement in jail ‘unsafe,’ calls for changes

Review states a maximum of 22 hours for youth, aged 12 from to 17, to be placed in solitary

Eleonore Alamillo-Laberge, 6, reads a book in Ottawa on Monday, June 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Parents will need to fight ‘COVID learning slump’ over summer: B.C. literacy experts

Parents who play an active role in educating their children this summer can reverse the slump by nearly 80%, says Janet Mort

The border crossing on Highway 11 in Abbotsford heading south (file)
Western premiers call for clarity, timelines on international travel, reopening rules

Trudeau has called Thursday meeting, premiers say they expect to leave that meeting with a plan

The B.C. government’s vaccine booking website is busy processing second-dose appointments, with more than 76 per cent of adults having received a first dose. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations stable for Tuesday

108 new confirmed cases, 139 in hospital, 39 in intensive care

Cowichan Tribes man Adrian Sylvester is worried that he was targetted by a trailer hitch thrown from a vehicle. (Facebook photo)
Cowichan Tribes man worried he was target of trailer hitch

Adrian Sylvester says no one has reported a missing hitch after one nearly hit him

Graeme Roberts, who was mayor of Nanaimo from 1984-86, died this month at age 89. (Photo courtesy Nanaimo Community Archives)
City of Nanaimo flags at half-mast as former mayor Graeme Roberts dies at 89

‘Giant-killer’ beat out Frank Ney in mayoral election in 1984

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Most Read