Each year, Mount Pleasant Elementary invites all their students down to the gym for a very special turkey lunch. This year on the Wednesday before school finishes for the holidays, hundreds of students trooped down to the gym to load up on turkey, corn, velvety mashed potatoes and lots of tasty gravy. All around the students, the gym was awash in holiday decorations thanks to the handywork of Mount Pleasant gym teacher Marilyn Harris.
Each year, Harris decorates the gym for Christmas and Halloween.
"At Christmas time she transforms the gym into a winter wonderland complete with lights, a "Magic tree" which is voice activated and more Santa's than can be counted," says Mount Pleasant principal Sue Stevenson. "She does this to bring the magic of the holiday season to our school, but also to encourage students to get involved with volunteering their time to help decorate - it takes many hours and lots of tape to get everything up each holiday season!"
Harris isn't the only person donating her time and money to the school. This year Mount Pleasant put together 33 Christmas hampers. Hampers include food and small gifts for family members as well as gift cards for local grocery stores and amenities. The school says hamper donations came from the following community partners: Jules Quesnel Elementary, L'Ecole Bilingue Elementary, St. Georges School, 10th Avenue Church, Vancouver Coastal Health, Mount Pleasant Lions Club, Kimount Boys and Girls Club, Cheryl Douglas (MTP teacher) and Family.
Other community partners like law firm Bordner Ladner Gervais have made it a habit of sending four lawyers to the school each week in the lead up to the holidays to read picture books to primary classes in addition to donating dozens of toys to the school's Christmas hampers.
Stevenson says the local Kingsgate Mall has also closely supported the school's many programs. At Christmas time they host a "tree of giving" where shoppers can purchase gifts for many of our Christmas Hampers. They also send their Santa Claus to visit the school.
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