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Fundraisers kick off social action

Students gathered pennies for Port-au-Prince and paid for the right towear a ball cap to school. They made and sold Haiti ribbons andbracelets, and played basketball and bingo for charity.

Students gathered pennies for Port-au-Prince and paid for the right to wear a ball cap to school. They made and sold Haiti ribbons and bracelets, and played basketball and bingo for charity.

Coin by coin, Canada’s largest school board has raised $625,000 for Haiti, which becomes $1.25 million with Ottawa’s matching funds.

The drive marks the start of a new focus on social justice across the Toronto District School Board, which will require every school to undertake two projects each year: One global and one local.

To help schools think of projects, the board will hold a fair every year to connect non-profit agencies with students and teachers. “Summer academies” will help struggling Grade 9 students learn the basics of literacy and social action.

 
 
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