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Kindergarteners pop up to assist Philippines relief effort

Students yell “Popcorn” for a picture after a fresh batch was made at the school Dec. 04 to raise money for folks living in the Philippines. - Ashley Degraaf
Students yell “Popcorn” for a picture after a fresh batch was made at the school Dec. 04 to raise money for folks living in the Philippines.
— image credit: Ashley Degraaf

Supporting someone who’s done more than her share of supporting and helping others is a great feeling.

And that is a feeling felt by Angela Carpenter and her class at Smuneen Elementary, which has been selling popcorn for the Philippines to support parent volunteer Theresa Pante.

“One of our foster mothers at our school is Filipino and has family there,” explained Carpenter. “She is a great supporter to our school and does more than her share of work. We can always rely on her to help out when we need extra volunteers; she donates her time and love to all the children who come to our school.”

Every Wednesday, beginning in November, Carpenter’s Kindergarten/Grade 1 class has been baking popcorn and hosting a popcorn sale.

And wafts of the salty yummy treat can be smelled throughout the school, especially on Dec. 4 as the class wrapped up a popping session.

Pante was also on hand checking in.

“The idea is really remarkable,” the Duncan resident said, explaining two of her sisters still live in the Philippines, but most of her family has moved to Canada.

A friend of hers, Raquel Karefoot who’s also from Duncan, has family there in need as well, making the popcorn fundraiser all the more important.

“Back home, that is so much money. It sure makes a big difference,” she said of $400 raised by Smuneen School.

Last February, Carpenters class also sold treats and popcornfor Cowichan’s House of Friendship Society.

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