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Wolves raise money for playground
Social justice group from Weledeh Catholic School donates $4,000 to make over the school yard

Miranda Scotland
Northern News Services
Published Saturday, June 23, 2012

Weledeh Catholic School will be sprucing up its playground in the near future with thousands of dollars donated by a group of senior students.

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Weledeh student Breanna Strand presents Mary Vane, chair of the Yellowknife Catholic Schools board, with a cheque for $4,000. The money will be put toward sprucing up Weledeh's playground. - Miranda Scotland/NNSL photo

About 40 kids worked to fundraise $4,000 for the project and the Yellowknife Catholic Schools board will be matching the amount. To come up with the money the group held bake sales, cake auctions, pizza days and coin drives.

"We were really proud of ourselves," said Grade 8 student Breanna Strand. "I thought that maybe we might have raised $2,000. I did not expect us to raise $4,000."

The initiative was started by Wolves 4 the World, a social justice group for Grade 6, 7 and 8 students, which supports a new project each year. After researching a number of local organizations this year, the kids decided to look even closer to home and do something to help out the school.

Teacher supervisor Jen Reid said she was pleased with the students' choice.

"I thought it was a great initiative because again it wasn't something that wasn't selfish at all because ... a lot of them are not going to benefit from it directly and it has been something that we've talked about as a school for quite a few years," she said.

Wolves 4 the World members surveyed students from kindergarten to Grade 6 to find out what they would like to see on the playground. The results showed that 49 per cent of students wanted grass put on the field, 28 per cent wanted new equipment and 23 percent liked the idea of swings being installed.

Strand said she wants soccer nets.

"I would like to have our baseball diamond turned into a soccer field just because nobody really uses the baseball diamond," said Strand. "If we have a soccer field, everybody would be able to used it more."

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