Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 2:15pm
Rockland Public school students help out flood victims
The teachers and students at Rockland Public School wanted to help victims of the recent flooding but didn’t exactly know how.
“For security reasons, we couldn’t bring them (students) to the actual flooding sites,” said Kindergarten teacher Kelly Ivanski. “We also couldn’t bring them to the Jean-Marc Lalonde arena to fill sand bags.” The latter visited local flooded area and came up with an ingenious idea, which she brought back to her school.
Together, students from the kindergarten and first grade classes at Rockland Public School decorated more than 150 sandbags with words of love and encouragements. These were then filled by older students from both Rockland Public School and Rockland District High School and distributed to several residents battling rising water levels.
“All the kindergartens and first grade students took part in decorating the bags,” said Ivanski. “That’s 160 kids. Our students wanted to help. We wanted to do a feel-good action.”
In addition, the activity left a lasting impression on the students. “Seeing the sandbags really brought it to life for some of our students,” said the teacher. “Some of them are affected by the flooding, while others aren’t. Some of the ones affected were telling us that their parents are using the same kind of sandbags for their homes.”
A total of about 50 homeowners received the decorated sandbags. “The reaction we received from members of the community was amazing,” said Ivanski. “We are very proud of our students.”
Decorating sandbags isn’t the only thing that students at the school have been undertaking in order to help those affected. They organized several fundraisers, including hosting lunches. “Our grade one to six organized a lunch for students and staff members,” said Rockland Public School principal Mary-Lynn Wilcox. “There’s been a lot of acts of kindness happening in our community right now.”