Oxford-on-Rideau Public School and Merrickville Public School teamed up today in a bubble gum blowing contest to raise money for the UCDSB Champions for Kids (C4K) Foundation.
Grade 6 leaders from both schools organized the promotion and selling of Gum Chewing Licenses, which students could purchase by making a donation of any amount. Students practiced their bubble blowing during the day, and then came together in an assembly at each school. The event was inspired by National Bubble Gum Day, which was on February 7.
Each school divided their students into age categories. The student who blew the largest, roundest bubble in each group won the contest. The UCDSB mascot, T.U.S.K., which stands for Teaching Unconditional Support and Kindness, was the bubble blowing judge at both schools.
Between the two schools, a total of $272.50 was raised for C4K.
Champions for Kids is a charity that helps level the playing field for UCDSB children and their families. Funds assist families in different aspects, from paying for extracurricular activities, to eyeglasses.
The greater theme of the assembly was the importance of showing kindness, and how small actions can make a big difference. This contest gave students an opportunity to help their peers, and the money raised is enough to send a child to summer camp, pay for new winter boots, and other things the Champions for Kids Foundation provides funding for.
“This is the first time both our schools have participated in this event,” adds Tanya Preston, Principal of both schools. “Our students were so excited to participate and were generous with their donations. We are thrilled to be donating the funds to help UCDSB students in need.”