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Martensville Youth Making a Difference

by Shanine Sealey

Youth in Martensville never cease to do incredible things and Project Change at Martensville High School is proving that once again. This group of over 40 students decided that rather than sit back and watch tragedy unfold in Ukraine, they would step up to do something to help.

On Thursday, March 10th, Project Change hosted a Donut Sale in partnership with Nestor’s Bakery in Saskatoon, where they raised $1109.60. Students also hosted a Blue & Yellow Day at school to show their support for the people of Ukraine.

On Thursday, March 17th, Tammy Miazga will be donating time to teach a Centergy/Yoga class to all students interested, and Project Change is asking students to make a donation of $5-$10 to attend the class with all proceeds going to the Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal.

Additionally, Project Change students are working with Rochelle Wotherspoon, the owner/operator of SoulPower Fitness in Martensville, to organize a Candlelit Restorative Yoga Class, which will be held at SoulPower Fitness on Friday, March 25th from 7:00pm-8:15pm. The cost is $25, and all proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal. Those interested can register for this event on the SoulPower app.

Project Change has a direct donation link (https://www.redcross.ca/UkraineCrisis/MHSProjectchange) for parents and families that are wanting to make a donation and receive a tax receipt.

Other projects in the works for Project Change include raising awareness for World Down Syndrome Day, which takes place on Monday, March 21st. A “Rock Your Socks” campaign will be taking place at Martensville High School and students are encouraged to wear bright, loud, fun or mismatched socks to celebrate and raise awareness, advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with down syndrome.

“Ability in Me (AIM) is a provincial non-profit, charitable organization in Saskatoon. AIM offers specialized programs that support individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Programs like AIM contribute greatly to the participants’ quality of life. The learners at AIM colour and sell ‘Socks for a Difference’. Next week Project Change will be selling these socks in the front foyer before school and at lunch if you are interested in purchasing a pair! Socks are $15 each and all proceeds go directly back to AIM,” MHS Teacher Breanne Cooper stated.

ABOVE PHOTO CAPTION: Project Change held a Donut Sale on March 10th to raise money to help support the people of Ukraine.

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