A big thanks to all parents and staff who contributed to our Winter Concert Bake Sale. The goodies were absolutely delicious and our sale was a great success, raising $455. Special thanks to Jennifer Gautrey, Ewa Oleksiak, Helena, Hannah, Rachel and Rose. Happy Holidays from the Cootes Paradise Home & School!
The North Hamilton Community Health Centre is a medical and community hub in the North End of the city that works to address the health care needs of community members based on the broad social determinants of health framework. This means that in addition to providing health care through traditional streams such as nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, social workers, etc, we also provide community programs with the goal of further reducing obstacles to good health for community members.NHCHC’s longest running program is the Children’s Breakfast Club. Each school day, students attending St. Lawrence and Bennetto Elementary Schools in the North End are invited to Breakfast Club where they can have a hot breakfast, plus cereal, fruit, juice and milk in an effort to ensure that their day gets off to a healthy start and that empty tummies do not prevent students from reaching their full potential in the classroom. In addition to breakfast, students also have an opportunity to play games, do crafts, and receive homework help from devoted, caring volunteers. Each week our club serves approximately 400 meals to children and families in the North End community.
Once again this winter, the North Hamilton Community Health Centre’s Breakfast Club was entirely overwhelmed by the generosity of Cootes Paradise School families! The food drive that your school held this holiday season will provide almost all of the non-perishable goods that we need to continue our program for the next 6 months. Did you know that you donated enough cereal to fill 840 bowls? Incredible! You cannot imagine the difference that your support makes to our Club and our students. We are so grateful and cannot thank you enough for your hard work and generosity.
In addition to your support of our Breakfast Club, Cootes Paradise families also contributed to the overwhelming success of our Holiday Families Program again this season. This week, our staff will be dropping off the toys you donated to 25 needy families in our community. We wish we had the words to convey to you the relief you have brought to so many parents and the joy you will bring to so many children. Your generosity is remarkable.
Your school has chosen to make such a positive difference in the lives of so many this holiday season and we hope that you understand how grateful we are for your continued compassion, generosity and support.
Thank you and Happy Holiday, Monica Palkowski
Community Development Worker, North Hamilton Community Health Centre
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