Rossland Summit School teacher Shannon Plamondon (left) and her Grade 3 class launched a project called Caring Coins that raised $2,400 for Career Development Services, which include the Getting to Home program and the El Nina Cold Weather Shelter. (Photo contributed)

Rossland Summit School teacher Shannon Plamondon (left) and her Grade 3 class launched a project called Caring Coins that raised $2,400 for Career Development Services, which include the Getting to Home program and the El Nina Cold Weather Shelter. (Photo contributed)

Caring Coins – Rossland students take action with learning

RSS Grade 3 class raises $2,400 for CDS in a financial literacy and community connection project

Rossland Summit School students put learning to a practical and caring purpose this past year.

Ms. Plamondon and Ms. Tennison’s Grade 3 class engaged in a financial literacy and community connection project as part of its math and core competency curricula.

The class started a coin drive at the school, which was dubbed “Caring Coins” to help raise funds and awareness for people struggling to find housing.

The outcome was over $2,400 raised to support community initiatives at Career Development Services which include the Getting to Home program and the El Nina Cold Weather Shelter.

The students placed decorated empty milk jugs in every classroom to collect cash donations. The staff and students were all pleasantly surprised by how many families donated and how heavy the milk jugs grew.

It became a learning project for all the classes in the school as they had to sort, roll and add up a lot of coins. Even the kindergarten classes got involved in the sorting.

RSS students soon realized that “small change” can make a big difference!

Ms. Jackman and Ms. O’Malley’s Grade 4 class also made the notable contribution of $500 from their bake and craft sale to help support the CDS causes.

CDS offices are located on Bay Avenue in Trail and they provide a wide range of services and programs to individuals with diverse needs and abilities in the Greater Trail region.

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