On a sunny June morning, students, teachers and parents of Taddle Creek Montessori School came together for their first annual “Walk-a-Thon” fundraiser at Evergreen Brickworks – a day spent exploring the trails and enjoying a picnic lunch with their community, while also raising critical funds for Canada’s most vulnerable children and youth. Raising an impressive $3,000, Taddle Creek’s students enjoyed raising money for children in need – and are already looking forward to raising even more money at next year’s event!
“I wanted my kids to learn gratitude for their own lives and privileges.” – Dr. Rahima Hirji, Taddle Creek Montessori parent and event organizer
Principal Matt Smith believes this fundraiser presented an important learning opportunity for his students. “At Taddle Creek Montessori, children from a young age learn about the interconnectedness of all people and things. In doing so, they come to understand that there are those who are less fortunate than themselves, both here and abroad. Events like the Walk-a-Thon in Support of Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada educate our children about those in- need, foster a strong sense of the importance of giving back, and build community while supporting a worthy cause.”
Event organizer and Taddle Creek parent Dr. Rahima Hirji also agrees that it’s important to teach children to give back to their community early in their young lives. “It’s not that hard to become involved in your community, even in small ways. It doesn’t take as much time or energy because it does develop a life of its own,” says Rahima. “It is amazing how easy it can be to make a difference.”