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SDSS Kares -
The Possibility Project

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Kares Students
... making a difference

Thanks to the support of the community, SDSS Kares program (Grade 10 Careers and Civics students) raised $1,810 to invest in loans through Kiva to support individuals and entrepreneurs in developing countries and empowering them to improve their lives.

Fundraising efforts were led by various groups and individuals within the four classes who chose the type of fundraising venture to undertake. Each group or individual was able to choose various Kiva projects to invest in as they granted loans to support health, education, environment and entrepreneurship endeavours.

Ventures, in which students chose to raise money and participated in, ranged from conducting bake sales in the school and community; to an Indian Taco sale; to shoveling snow; to neighbourhood bottle drives; to collecting Tim Horton's cups (student's received a donation for every cup collected); to running a Trail Ride at Prance; and, to door-to-door canvasing.

Teachers Liz Campbell and Dawn Williams were impressed with the impact the project had on students.

Three re-occurring themes in the reflections written by students were: a new awareness of how privileged we are in Canada compared to the rest of the world; how empowered they felt making a difference in the lives of others; and, that many indicated a desire to continue to contribute to projects like Kiva that have the power to make the world a better place, locally and globally.

In the SDSS Kares'  The Possibility Project,  students made 29 loans in 17 different countries in the following sectors:
Agriculture ............. 9
Personal Use ......... 5
Health .................... 4
Education .............. 3
Food ...................... 3
Retail ..................... 3
Housing ................. 1
Clothing ................. 1

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"The students and their teachers would like to thank the community, including family, friends, businesses, and SDSS staff for their generous support!" said Campbell and Williams.


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