As part of an enhanced learning experience in the Halton District School Board, students in elementary and secondary schools learn about the importance of social justice by participating in fundraising campaigns and supporting global and local efforts.
Through these experiences students learn about values such as Empathy, Equity, Accountability and Integrity – values that, among others, guide the Board’s
2016-2020 Multi-Year Plan.
Let us know what your schools do to show you care by using the hashtag #HDSBcares on social media!
The following are examples of how schools and staff have supported, and continue to support, fundraising campaigns and their local communities:
Terry Fox Run
Since starting their support of the Terry Fox Run decades ago, Halton District School Board schools have raised more than $4.2 million for cancer research. The total raised by our schools in the 2018 Terry Fox runs, was more than $221,000.00.
Heart and Stroke Foundation
In 2017, the Halton District School Board raised more than $309,000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, through its Jump Rope for Heart program, with more than 6,100 students participating.
Canadian Cancer Society
Oakville Trafalgar High School raised $273,000 in support of the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay For Life campaign in May 2017, which was a record amount for a youth-initiated event. A majority of the school's 1,000-plus students took part in a 12-hour overnight event to remember and support those who have been affected by cancer.
In June 2017, HDSB schools participated in a month-long UNICEF campaign in support of famine relief for South Sudan and raised a total $14,000, which was matched by the federal government.
Halton Learning Foundation
The Halton Learning Foundation raises funds to help enrich educational opportunities and eliminate economic barriers to learning for students in the Halton District School Board. In 2016-17, the organization raised a total of $474,904 for various programming needs. School activities in support of the HLF have included holiday gift sales, gingerbread house sales and a loose change donation week.
United Way of Halton and Hamilton
Every year, staff and students participate in a campaign to fundraise for the United Way of Halton and Hamilton. In 2017, a total of more than $57,000 was raised.
Halton Regional Police Services Toys for Tots
In December 2017, students and staff at Anne J. MacArthur Public School in Milton collected homemade mittens and slippers, seven boxes of food, and $3,000 worth of toys for the Halton Regional Police Services Toys for Tots program which aims to support children in need during the holidays.
BOOST Child and Youth Advocacy Centre and Live Different
In the fall of 2017, Grade 10 business students from Burlington Central High School – known as ‘BizKidz’ – turned a class project into a successful charity event, raising more than $7,000 while learning the value of giving back to the community. The funds went to support BOOST Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (committed to eliminating abuse and violence in the lives of Canadian children, youth and their families) and Live Different (focused on humanitarian efforts such as building schools).
Wheelchair for a Local Family
Stewarttown Public School used the profit generated from a recycling project that involved collecting 200,000 soda can tabs to help a family in need. The Halton Hills school brought its three-year collection of tabs to Moffat Scrap Metal in Campbellville for recycling in 2017. The collection officially weighed 54.5 kg (or 120 pounds). The decision was made to use the money to go toward the cost of a wheelchair for a local family.
Fundraising by LEAP students
Students from three of the HDSB’s LEAP programs engaged in fundraising efforts that made an impact close to home. At Robert Bateman High School and Craig Kielburger Secondary School students held fundraisers in the fall in support of a Burlington boy diagnosed with leukemia. Bateman students held a poutine fundraiser, making and selling the popular French fries and cheese dish to staff and students. LEAP students at Craig Kielburger supported the same cause by hosting a pasta lunch for staff. White Oaks LEAP students made bracelets and bead creations and visited McMaster Children’s Hospital on Halloween, in costume, to distribute them to young patients. They also provided toothbrushes, toothpaste, and stickers donated by two local dental clinics.
Spread the Net
Since the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, Stewarttown Public School has been fundraising for a charity called Spread The Net, co-founded by television personality Rick Mercer and philanthropist Belinda Stronach. Working with the organization Plan International, Spread The Net is a friendly competition between Canadian schools to raise funds for bed nets to reduce the contraction of the mosquito-borne disease in people living in African countries. The school raised $27,100, the most in Canada. The top fundraising elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools received a visit from Mercer and appeared on an episode of the Rick Mercer Report on April 3, 2018.