Students and staff of Parkland Elementary school deliver dontations to the Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation Thursday; June 14. (THOMAS FRIESEN; Winkler Times)
Parkland Elementary School students are committed to making a difference for their peers.
The Parkland Youth in Philanthropy Club has raised $1000 for the Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation. Matched with $500 from the Winkler Community Foundation, the money will have a significant impact on youth with physical disabilities.
“We raised it with a bake sale, and (also) our school’s penny carnival, “ said Jayda Kreller, grade eight student at Parkland. “We’re donating it so we can buy a bike.”
“The bike is an adaptive bike,” said Erica Hoeppner, occupational therapist at Boundary Trails. “it’s for kids that can’t physically ride a bike you could buy at the store.”
“It’ll have different adaptations to help them with the motor skills required to learn how to use both sides (of their body) together to learn how to ride a bike.”
Asked what motivated her to be a part of the project, Jayda’s classmate Lea Ediger said, “I’ve always wanted to do something for this community and help, but I didn’t have any way to do it. So this was a great opportunity.”
“Definitely one of my highlights of junior high,” added Jayda.
The money will also go toward iPad apps for non-verbal children.
Speech language pathologist at Boundary Trails Loralee Peters said, “This will allow us to purchase the apps we haven’t been able to purchase before.”
“For children that are non-verbal, or don’t have a voice, this will be their voice.”
The staff at Boundary Trails are grateful for the work of the Parkland students. “I think it’s valuable because children working for other children, it means a lot,” said Peters.
“Equipment is always needed and helps our treatment, so any money is always appreciated,” added Hoeppner.