Students spread Christmas cheer in downtown Peterborough

Class from Immaculate Conception Catholic Elementary School distributes free hot chocolate and collects donations

The Grade 7/8 class from Immaculate Conception Catholic Elementary School gathered at the corner of George and Simcoe in downtown Peterborough
The Grade 7/8 class from Immaculate Conception Catholic Elementary School gathered at the corner of George and Simcoe in downtown Peterborough

On Wednesday morning, students from Immaculate Conception Catholic Elementary School demonstrated the values of kindness and generosity by spreading Christmas cheer while raising money for the less fortunate.

The students — equipped with hot chocolate, Santa hats, Christmas music, and lots of Christmas spirit — walked across the Hunter Street Bridge from their school in East City and gathered at the corner of George and Simcoe in downtown Peterborough.

Students on their way from East City to downtown Peterborough via the Hunter Street Bridge
Students on their way from East City to downtown Peterborough via the Hunter Street Bridge

They offered warm greetings and a free cup of hot chocolate (generously donated by Tim Hortons in East City) to more than 90 passersby. When distributing the hot chocolate, the students also asked people to donate to support the homeless population in Peterborough.

“It was also an excellent opportunity for the students to put into practice many of the values — such as kindness, generosity, and joy — which we teach throughout the school community,” says teacher Krista McEwen.

The class set up outside Peterborough Square and ready to spread some Christmas cheer
The class set up outside Peterborough Square and ready to spread some Christmas cheer
The class raised $120 in donations, which they will use to purchase Tim Hortons gift cards for those in need.

“The class was very motivated to help those who are less fortunate in our community this Christmas,” McEwen says. “The project developed out of a whole class discussion and provided a wonderful opportunity for the students to take initiative and demonstrate Christian leadership in our community.”

The students offered free hot chocolate (donated by Tim Hortons) to passersby while collecting donations
The students offered free hot chocolate (donated by Tim Hortons) to passersby while collecting donations
All photos courtesy of Krista McEwen.

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