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Our schools are filled with inspiring students and staff that are making a positive impact on the world around them. These stories highlight some of the wonderful things that are happening in Ottawa Catholic schools every day. If you have a story you would like to share, Tweet the link to us @OttCatholicSB or send us an email at connect@ocsb.ca

Asked & answered: Kids can make a difference in the world

St. Benedict School teacher Julian Daher and his Grade 4 FSL Immersion class recently won the Learning Partnership's Entrepreneurial Adventure Program Judge's Choice Award for their inspiring Tiny Terry Bracelet Business to support the Terry Fox Foundation. Their year-long business journey began with a simple question posed by a student: "Can kids make a difference in the world?"

The students began by exploring learning partnerships and environments, and connecting with national partners and Canadians across the country. To better understand how their money would be spent, they Skyped with Wendy Eric of the Terry Fox Foundation. They had countless questions, and learned much about the foundation and Osteosarcoma, the type of cancer that Terry had. After that, student teams pitched ideas about how to best raise money to support the foundation in the Raven's Den, the school's version of the Dragon's Den. The winning idea was to design and sell silicone bracelets - and so was born the Grade 4 #TinyTerry Bracelet Business.

Julian Daher (left) and his Grade 4 class pose with their cheque for the Terry Fox Foundation and the plaque they received for winning the Judge's Choice Award.

The next step was the Seed Money Bake Sale to raise the initial funds to order bracelets. They raised over $500 to pay for the bracelets they designed. Through Social Entrepreneurialism, students took on different jobs and roles in the venture. They were part of awareness committees, finance committees, advertising/marketing committees, communications committees, and project managing, all with the goal of promoting awareness and help for those suffering from cancer. They even received a $2000 grant from the Ministry of Education to further support the incredible work they were doing.

"Can kids make a difference in the world?"

Throughout the year, students innovatively and creatively dove deeper into that question and discovered the real meaning of citizenship and global change. Keeping in line with our Board's spiritual theme, Sent to Be the Good News, students made real and meaningful connections to help make a difference in the world any way they could. In total, the class raised over $1500 for the Terry Fox Foundation, and they just received another $500 for their project for winning the Judge's Choice Award. Safe to say, Mr. Daher's Grade 4s proved that the answer to their original question is: yes.


St. Jerome takes part in Project North

As part of a school-wide inquiry into what it means to be Canadian, the Grade 2 students at St. Jerome School decided to get involved with Project North, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children in Canada's northern communities. They decided to tie it to their Lenten project, and began raising money for needy northern students. They organized a number of fundraisers and ended up with over $1000 to send north.

In addition to raising money, the students also learned about Nunavut, their art, culture, geography, and more. They wrote letters to northern students and had them delivered by expedition members. They're now waiting to see if they have pen pals up north. Either way, this incredible initiative truly shows the citizenship and community spirit of the St. Jerome community.


A heartfelt farewell to Uplands

As Uplands Catholic School winds down its final school year before closing its doors for good, staff and students are leaving on a positive note. At a recent mass, Principal Elaine Phinney reflected on some the life lessons she learned at Uplands. "I've learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn." At the same mass, they blessed a stained glass ornament of the Uplands logo that will hang at Holy Family School next year. Tania Gonsalvez, Principal of Holy Family School, was present to receive the ornament and welcome the students of Uplands into the Holy Family community.

The priest blessing the stained glass ornament of the Uplands logo that will hang at Holy Family School next year.

Special Olympics swim meet lets students shine

"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."Special Olympics Athletes Oath

Almost 400 students competed at the 16th annual OCSB Special Olympics Ontario Swim Meet on May 9th and 11th. Hosted by the OCSB Special Education and Student Services Department, this uplifting two-day event let our student athletes shine. Their spirit was evident in all areas of the pool. They demonstrated true grit and perseverance, from the assisted walk to the 50m races. The focus of the meet was friendly companionship and competition, and our athletes made us all proud on both counts. It was truly an inspirational day for everyone. See more on Storify.

"Mrs. G., this was the best day of my life!"

Good Shepherd School student

OCSB schools among top Terry Fox Run fundraisers

Three OCSB high schools were among the top 20 fundraisers in Ontario for the 2016 Terry Fox School Run. Holy Trinity Catholic High School, St. Pius X High School, and Immaculata High School went above and beyond to raise over $70,000 combined for cancer research. All of our schools raised a combined $180,689 last year, and our running total is $2,466,902. The dedication, enthusiasm, and selflessness shown by our school communities to support such a worthy cause is an inspiration for the entire OCSB family.

Holy Trinity students at their 2016 Terry Fox Run.

Before their run, Holy Trinity held an assembly where two speakers shared how cancer had affected their lives. It brought the whole school community together, and reminded them of the stakes involved. The run itself is always one of the highlight of the Holy Trinity school year. Students wear school colours, there's food, music, dance numbers, lip synch battles, and much more. They raised the 3rd most money in Ontario, a total of $44,507.30.

St. Pius students getting into the spirit at a past Terry Fox Run.

St. Pius organizes a wide variety of events and fundraisers to get people in the spirit and encourage donations. They host a car wash, sell "Pius Potatoes" from the school garden, and have a day where students can pay a fee to miss part of their fourth period class to watch teachers play against students in a variety of sports. Their 2016 total was $16,223.53, earning 12th place in the province.

Immaculata celebrating their 2016 Terry Fox Run.

Immaculata has been taking part in the Terry Fox Run for 24 years. In that time, they've raised over $250,000 for cancer research. They incorporate homeroom challenges, staff initiatives, and give out prizes for top fundraisers. Primarily though, they just ask that each student donate $10, and it all adds up. Their run brought in $13,209.94, 19th most among Ontario high schools.

Over 4200 Ontario schools organized Terry Fox Runs last year, raising more than $6.7 million to fund cancer research. Almost 40 years after Terry took his first steps on a cross-country run that would captivate and inspire a nation, his legacy lives on at thousands of Canadian schools each year.

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