Homemade Christmas cards help fund Central playground

Central elementary students are selling handmade Christmas cards to raise money for a new primary playground.

Ella Bercier

A Grade 2 class at Central elementary has taken fundraising for a new school playground into their own hands.

Last week, the class started selling some of their 100-plus handmade Christmas cards at the school.

The idea came about a month ago, shortly before the school’s 85th anniversary celebration. Teacher Danielle Tebrinke gave the kids a fill-in-the-blank project. The assignment read: “If I could buy Central any birthday present, it would be…”

About four or five students wrote “a new playground.”

The school’s current primary playground is made out of wood which is rotting and falling apart. Sections of it have already been dismantled, and the rest will be removed by the spring.

It will cost $56,000 to buy a new playground.

The kids are hoping the loonies and toonies people have been donating will soon add up.

Some students, like Kadence Gaff, Aliiyah Harris, and Ella Bercier, were really keen on the idea and each made a couple dozen cards.

The cards come in a plethora of styles and colours. They’ve used drawing paper and construction paper. Glued to the front and inside are doilies, buttons, cut-outs, fabric, glitter, ribbon and pompoms. They’ve drawn Christmas trees on some, outdoor winter scenes on others. Some even open backwards.

“I think they’ve done a wonderful job,” says Tebrinke. “Who wouldn’t want to get a Christmas card like that?”

The public is welcome to stop by the school and purchase some of the Grade 2 class’s handmade Christmas cards up until Dec. 19. There will be a table set up outside the school office during lunch time (noon to 12:45 p.m.) every day, but there will also be some set aside in the office during the rest of the school day.

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