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Smuneem students sell treats for House of Friendship
Every Friday for the month of February, students at Smuneem Elementary have been proudly wearing chef hats and selling baked treats as a fundraiser for the House of Friendship Society.
The fundraiser falls under Angela Carpenter and ? Frenchy's Kindergarten and Grade 1 classes' choice to honour families this month as their cultural teachings to incorporate into the classroom.
"Our teaching for February is Family is the Heart of Life," explained Carpenter. "The wonderful children in my class thought it would be a great idea to do something for the community."
The students sat down together and brainstormed fundraising ideas, which included donating socks, purses, and fundraising for the SPCA, but settled on raising money for folks using the Hiiye'yu Lelum, House of Friendship Centre's Healthiest Babies Possible and Weekend Breakfast Club programs.
"A lot of the students know about the House of Friendship Centre and have been there, so it made sense to us," Carpenter said, noting they had already raised $73.50 during their first Friday bake sale.
"They've made cookies, cupcakes, Rice Krispies, and today we're making popcorn with smarties as a kicker," she said.
Students also made personalized chef hats and sport aprons and set up tables outside the school for the Friday sales.
They've also seen a huge amount of support, Carpenter said, through other students in the school and their families as well as Cowichan Tribes elders donating baked items to sell.
The House of Friendship Society promotes wellness and unity by addressing the needs and aspirations of Cowichan's First Nations.
Healthiest Babies Possible is a free prenatal nutrition program which supports pregnant women of all ages in the Cowichan Valley.
Weekend Breakfast Club runs from 6 to 8:30 a.m. and is for individuals in transition.