Cameron Crossing School in Okotoks received a visit from 100 Women Who Care Foothills last week.
The group makes quarterly donations to local and nonprofit organizations, selected by vote. Members then contribute $ 100 each, which is passed on to the chosen organization.
In this case, Cameron Crossing received $ 10,530.
The school, located just east of Okotoks Library on South Railway Street, provides accommodation for students whose needs are not met in traditional schools.
Marilyn Boake, the member who designated the school to receive the donation, knows what it’s like to have to fill a funding gap.
“We were talking about the fact that this school does not have a parent council fund company, so as a person who has been the parent council president for 12 years, I understand that this is your only one. ability to fundraise for things the government does not pay for. When I heard about it, it really hit me, “How do you pay for these things? Jeff said ‘Well, we don’t.’ “
Principal Jeff Mason says the funding for Alberta Education doesn’t go any further.
“A lot of our kids have been disconnected from our community for various reasons, so this is a way for us to reconnect them. There is a lack of funding because Alberta Ed is funding the education side of things but not all funding. the other things our students need Whether it’s coming and going from different volunteer activities, staying healthy and connecting in the community through physical or mental well-being. is therefore to fill the gaps that our students and some of our families lack. “
Some of these opportunities include volunteering with the Okotoks Food Bank, senior residences, and the United Church meal program, creating social bonds between individuals and the community at large.
Their proximity to the river valley is also a plus in this regard, providing ample space for students to connect with the city’s natural spaces; an asset they won’t lose when they move into their new learning space later this year.
Cameron Crossing currently has 15 students, although their imminent move to their new campus in the building currently housing the Okotoks Library will allow them to double that number.
100 Women Foothills have now been able to make a few back-to-back donations of over $ 10,000, although their membership has not yet reached 100.
They are getting closer and closer, however, having recently reached 98.
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