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Thursday, December 7, 2023

Quebec high school students arrange thrift store fundraiser for Ukrainian refugees


Key takeaways: 

  • ‘I’m creating a difference, and it feels excellent,’ states Beaconsfield High School student.
  • Several students at Beaconsfield High School said they desired to help Ukraine.

Fundraisers arranged by school students: 

When Skylar Rokov listened to the deepening humanitarian situation in Ukraine as Russian forces strengthened bombing this week, the 16-year-old stated she could no longer explain posing on the sidelines. 

“Being half Ukrainian myself, I want to be able to do better and give better,” said the Beaconsfield High School (BHS) student. 

So when the thought of a school fundraiser for Ukrainian refugees was drifted in one of her classes, Rokov jumped into action with a friend and came up with the view for a thrift shop. 

“In this day and age, a lot of children love to go thrifting, so I thought it would be a perfect way to make money,” she stated.

In only four days, the school’s Grade 11 classes arranged the fundraiser to vend gently-used books, clothing, and accessories granted by staff and students. They also set up a popcorn stand for purchasing a snack. 

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Quebec high school students raise funds to support Ukraine

“It feels like I’m doing something more than simply being a student and more than just saying ‘I stand with Ukraine’ because of course I do, but I’m creating a difference, and it feels terrific,” said Rokov.

Keana Lutfi, 16, was also willing to help out with the event, saying the Ukraine crisis impacts home. 

“I grew up in Lebanon, which isn’t a safe land, so I’m just glad that I get to help people that I can at least partially relate to,” she stated. 

The plan began in the students’ business class, as they knew the effect of the war on the thrift in Canada.

 Business and math teacher Adam Cox-Twardowski said students were getting vibrant learning regarding the battle in his class, so he chose to turn the discussion to what students could do to support out.

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