On Saturday June 1, every person who walked into the Dugout Drop-In Centre came out a little happier thanks to the efforts of MacCorkindale's Division 8 class.
That's the day when most of the class spent their morning at the Dugout Centre serving food to the homeless.
"It was great to see the homeless people enjoy all the food we worked so hard for. Even the people who didn't go to the Dugout had lots of fun with the project," said Grade 6 student Lilian Wang.
Wang's class first got interested in helping in the Downtown Eastside after they did a social studies project with their student teacher Anna Boots on homelessness in Metro Vancouver. During the project, Wang says she and her classmates got inspired. So they began organizing with the aim of cooking some chili for the homeless with a side of fruit and bread. To fund the outreach, the students organized a bake sale fundraiser in May and canvassed nearby businesses, asking them to donate food and money.
"Of course, this project could not have happened without some fabulous people! So thank you to Ms. Cadlick and Ms Bosma for helping us cook the chili," says Wang. "Thank you to the volunteers who drove us to the Dugout. Thank you Mr. Mitzel for all the help you've given us. And finally, many thanks to Ms. Milevskaia and Ms. Boots for organizing this entire project!"
Wang says the experience was life-changing for her and she will remember it for a long time to come.
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