Grade 7/8 class of Orchard Park Make a Gift to Back to the River Fund

Jul. 11, 2017

At London Community Foundation, we believe it’s never too early to get children interested and involved in giving back to the community. Ms. Susan Cousins, an elementary school teacher at Orchard Park Public School, shares similar values. In 2015, her grade 7 and 8 class made a special gift of $40 in support of the Back to the River Fund, which will help support revitalization efforts for the Thames River through the Back to the River initiative.

Their class donation was part of a Media Literacy and Oral Communication project in English. Students could choose any charity they wanted, present it to the class, and vote on one charity they could donate to as a team. Proposed by a student passionate about the environment, marine biology, and local charities, London Community Foundation’s Back to the River Fund was voted by the class as most deserving. By empowering children and young people to make their own choices about what to give and where to give it, they can become active participants in giving back.

The Thames River has such a rich history behind it, inexorably tied to the identity of London. With the support of donors as young as Ms. Cousins grade 7 and 8 students in 2015, we were able to move forward with this project. In the future, Back to the River will enhance community quality of life, environmental and economic development,giving Londoners a place to work, play and to call home.

Children are capable of tremendous compassion, and by learning about the importance of giving, they can eventually begin to make a big impact in their communities with little help and direction,” says Ms. Susan Cousins, teacher at Orchard Park school.

The kids did not just stop there. As part of a larger team, these students at Orchard Park Public school support many charities over the school year such as canned food drives to support the London Food Bank, Toonie Tuesday for Autism, and Jump Rope for Heart. Most recently, the grade 5/ 6 class raised money to build a well in Kenya through Me-to-We and Free the Children initiatives. We are cheering on these young community builders who strive to make a difference in the world, every day!

People of all ages have the potential to become a philanthropist. No matter the size of the gift, you are making an investment in our community. Change occurs when people believe in it. Join Ms. Susans class in becoming part of the movement and give back to the community. Together we can build a more vibrant and caring London.

You can make an impact too! Learn more about how we can help you give back.