School Connections is all about making connections with real schools and real students with real needs:
- A school in Canada is connected with a school in one of our sites.
- Both schools exchange introductions and interesting information through student-made videos.
- Both schools regularly pray for each other during the campaign.
- The school in Canada raises funds to help with a specific need of their sister school.
- They receive a report about the benefits provided to the children of their sister school.
"I learned that even the smallest donation can make a huge difference. Now I think about how much money we raised, and how much the well we are helping to build will do for the school, and the children who go there. I am very happy that I got to play a role in the raising of the money, and I hope to do this kind of charity work again." - Lara, a high school student
"Chalice was a great opportunity for my students to participate in almsgiving during Lent. It made it easy for them to see how fortunate they are and to help communities in less developed countries." - Grade 7 teacher
Canadian Catholic schools raised almost $200,000 in the 2020-21 school year, even during the pandemic, when there were many challenges and much uncertainty. Of this amount, $31,353 was raised through online fundraising. A total of 49 schools(17 junior and senior high, 26 elementary, and six P-12), participated in the School Connections campaign, of which 17 joined for the first time. Twenty schools registered to raise funds through our peer-to-peer fundraising platform, of which 12 were new schools, who participated primarily because we were offering the opportunity to fundraise online. A huge thank you goes out to educators (principals, teachers, chaplains, etc.,) who inspired students and taught them the value of stewardship.
The hearts of upwards of 25,000 students were touched by this campaign.
This upcoming school year (2021-2022) we'll be reaching out to even more schools to join us in raising funds to help our African partners in their efforts to improve conditions in their schools.
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