St. Joseph School Raises Over $1400 Through “Project Warm”

During the winter season at St. Joseph (Acton) Catholic Elementary School, the school has worked together collaboratively to create something even bigger than they could ever imagine.

“Project Warm” began with a simple idea of helping others. Researching how the students and staff at St. Joseph could contribute, Mrs. Calderwood and Mrs. Gould decided to teach their Grade 7 class to loom scarves for those in need in Acton. With the support of other staff members and students in the school, this project evolved to not only help the local Acton community, but other broader communities as well.

Moss Park is one of Toronto’s largest public housing projects and is an area in the city that has a high rate of homelessness. With scarves ready in hand, staff, students and families came out to Moss Park on Saturday, December 8th to deliver scarves along with warm soup to those in need.

Since its inception in 2015, Project Warm has grown into the biggest outreach program for St. Joseph School, with the creation of over 500 scarves made by the school's looming club!

Along with the generous donation of scarves, staff have collected funds through soup lunches, corporate donations, products, and clothing. Students also contributed to the cause by selling loomed bookmarks during their book fair.

We are excited to announce that this school year alone, the St. Joseph Acton Community raised over $1400, along with corporate donations of daily necessities (toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, feminine products, hoodies, jackets, and gloves, etc.) for Project Warm.

The school's biggest achievements over the past few years has been reflective of the hard work and vibrant partnerships of our students, families, school staff and our broader community.

"We are so grateful for our St. Joseph school community and their demonstration of the true spirit of Christmas," says Sonia Snyder, School Principal. "Although our Catholic faith and values are evident in our daily actions at school, it is truly a gift to see our faith grow into something far greater than ourselves." 

Thank YOU for helping us make a difference!

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others” ~ Maya Angelou

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