Students at Dorval Elementary raised $340 for a good cause last month. They sold handmade bracelets for the West Island Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group, an organization that supports Montrealers living with the autoimmune disease of the central nervous system.
It required weeks of hard work. Beginning in October, a group of Grade 6 students produced the cloth bracelets at home and then sold them for a dollar apiece at the school’s Fall Fair on November 17. The students sold 250 wristbands. The remaining $90 was collected from generous donors in the community.
« It’s simply amazing. The students took it upon themselves to do this and they succeeded, » says Rosa Gatto, daycare coordinator at Dorval Elementary.
The students who took part in the effort are Eva Perrazzino, Skylar Florack-Boudreau, Eva Neilson, Melina Mercuri and Emma Henker. Perrazzino and Florack-Boudreau have loved ones who suffer from or have died from MS.
« It’s incredible. This effort has motivated other students into action. There’s talk of organizing another fundraiser for another cause, » says Gatto.
Last year, students at Dorval Elementary sold homemade bracelets and donated $172 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.