Rutland Elementary School's Student Voice Club is speaking up for families in the Okanagan with a donation of nearly $1,300. The young learners from several grades chose the Okanagan Family Hub to receive the funds because the organization directly helps families in the Central Okanagan.
"I am so proud of these kids for the thought they put into this donation," says Grade 3/4 teacher and Student Voice Club sponsor Stefanie Oakes. "We teach them to be contributors to their community and they really embraced this opportunity by considering where the money might do the most good."
The elementary leadership club held a Spirit Week and coin drive at their school to raise the money, before deciding on a local cause that could benefit from their contribution. "We are very grateful to these young learners for choosing the Family Hub," says Kelowna Community Resources representative Christine Hawkins. "The generosity of the school community and the thoughtfulness of the Student Voice Club really underline the value of our work."
The Central Okanagan Family Hub is a free, open to all, one-stop community resource for families throughout the valley. When families might not otherwise know where to seek help, the Hub connects them to health, social, and parenting support. From welcoming newcomers to the community, to supporting single parents and grandparents raising children, the Hub is a vital resource for raising happy, healthy, and socially connected children. The Family Hub has helped over 12,000 families since it opened its doors three years ago. They
currently seek sustainable funding to continue their vital work and they are grateful for any community support.