Students from SouthPointe School are looking for more than Christmas presents this December.
The school was one of 21 in Alberta that secured a $1,000 grant from United Way of the Alberta Capital Region called Dentons Make Your Mark on Poverty. The grant was given to support schools with student-led initiatives that promote action and awareness around poverty in the community.
"We decided to title ours 'Warm Hands Warm Hearts' and our goal is to fill eight bins for every kindergarten to Grade 4 school in Fort Saskatchewan," said Grade 1 teacher Carole Bossert.
The students hope to have 50 pairs of mittens for each of the schools. If they surpass that number, they plan to reach out to the junior and senior high schools in Fort Saskatchewan as well.
"I'm a firm believer that children are awesome teachers," added Bossert. "I'm just feeling really great about our city and about the students that are going to lead up to this goal."
'Warm Hands Warm Hearts' is led by 17 Grade 3 and 4 students from SouthPointe School. The group recently got together to discuss approaching local businesses about donating. They have begun writing letters and drawing pictures to explain what Dentons Make Your Mark on Poverty is all about.
"We're trying to get (mittens) from different places around Fort Saskatchewan so we can get a huge amount of mittens and give them to people around Fort Saskatchewan so they can be happy and have warm hands," explained one of the students, Siera Barron.
On Friday (Nov.30), AECOM donated 50 mittens to help with their cause.
Community members are also encouraged to drop their own donations off at the school.