Each classroom at Eckville Elementary School has received a donation from the Parent Council.
The council donated $400 to each classroom, from kindergarten all the up through to Grade 6, for the school to purchase classroom resources.
“We had a dollar value that we knew that we could put towards the school and we basically just said, ‘here’s how much it is per each class,’” said Linda Kind, president of the Parent Council, adding their total $2,800 was an even division for each class.
The money was the product of fundraising and the hot lunch program at the school.
“We have an excellent, excellent hot lunch program and we make a little bit of profit on that every month that essentially funded this,” explained Kind, who added the funds came from last year’s hot lunches and fundraisers.
Kind says the money will go towards a lot of “touch and feel type of stuff” in the younger grades and be used to purchase any of the supplies the classroom needs.
“The school division, of course, and Alberta Education does provide funds, but it’s not enough for the teachers and a lot of the teachers are putting their own funds into these classrooms,” commented Kind. “[The donation] was to alleviate some of the money that they themselves have been spending.”
In addition to the donation the parent council suggested asking for donations of gently used items for classroom use.
Teachers for kindergarten through Grade 3 were asked to make up a list of items they need for their classroom for the newsletter so parents with older students can donate down to the younger grades.
The kindergarten class is looking for two small cutting boards, a paring knife, measuring cups (liquid and dry), small/medium sized cooking pots, two muffin tins, old keys for sorting, Hot Wheels cars, finger skateboards/bikes, farm toys, Lego and various board games.
The Grade 1 classroom is looking for geometric magnetic toys, kinetic sand, Lincoln Logs, Play Dough accessories, and tracers for art, drawing and spirograph.
The Grade 2 class is looking for dolls. dollhouses, doll clothes, dress up clothes, Lincoln Logs, Little Pet Shop, Polly Pocket, kinetic sand, Lego sets, puppets and theatre, magnetic toys, train tracks, Hot Wheel tracks, super hero figures, fidget spinners and cubes, Stickbots, Split Speeders, board games, hockey and Pokemon cards, Transformers, blocks, table hockey, dinosaur figures, animal figures, children books, clay, and arts and crafts.
Magnetic letters and boards for the letters was requested by the Grade 3 teacher.
“[The older grades] are much more academic, where the younger kids need more learning through play and that sort of stuff,” said Kind.
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