Two grades at St. Augustine School are working madly to prepare for the upcoming Children’s Shopping Day on Saturday, December 7th. The event is held at St. Augustine School and it runs from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The day is hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, and the St. Augustine students are excited to be a part of it.
The Grade 8 classes are gearing up to run the canteen for those families getting into the Christmas spirit during this Advent season at the Children’s Shopping Day. They will have hot dogs, chili dogs and beverages available in the school canteen. This has become an annual Advent service project called, “Loonies for the Less Fortunate.” Last year, the Grade 8s raised over $300 and used the money to purchase goats, chickens, blankets, food and mosquito netting for the Gifts from the Heart charity through the organization, Chalice. Every class at St. Augustine is encouraged to do a service project through the year. Some projects involve raising money, while others invite students to use their time and effort to serve or improve the community.
The Grade 9 classes are creating gingerbread for our annual Gingerbread Structures Competition and these will be on display during the event. Each year the Grade 9 classes create between 12-18 gingerbread structures for the annual competition. Past winners have included Noah’s Ark, The Nativity, a Mac Computer, and a sugar fire breathing dragon. The competition is open to anyone at the school, but the Grade 9 classes are the only classes that will use the school kitchens for their structures. There is no limit on the size or type of structure, but the entire structure must be edible, which gives the students a great deal of opportunity for creativity.
This year the gingerbread structures range from a jewelry box to a tiny village. The competition is judged by the public who attends the Shopping day. Each structure will have a jar and anyone can vote for the structure of their choice by putting money in the jars. The structure with the most money wins personalized aprons and all money collected will be going to the Good Samaritan Fund, which is set up to help families in need and underprivileged students in our community. Last year, the competition earned a little over $200 for the Fund. All the structures will be raffled off to St. Augustine classrooms for Christmas displays.
The Grade 9s will also be providing the “elves” for the Shopping Day. The “elves” will help little people do their Christmas shopping and wrapping while mom and dad enjoy a cup of coffee and a chili dog. Come out and celebrate this Advent season with us .