Jenny Pearson’s kindergarten/Grade 1 class at Parksville’s Springwood Elementary displaying their art. (Submitted photo)

Springwood Elementary class in Parksville sells art and gives back to the community

Kindergarten/Grade 1 class raises cash for food bank

A kindergarten and Grade 1 class from Springwood Elementary School in Parksville used their art to raise $300 for their food bank.

Jenny Pearson, who teaches the class, said the students have been beaming since getting the news that all their art sold while on display at The Old School House Gallery in Qualicum Beach. The proceeds go to Springwood Elementary’s food bank, which stays in the school and supports the families.

“As a class, we have been talking about kindness and what it looks like. This holiday season, we thought about what better way to give back than through our art,” said Pearson in an email. “When we talked about kindness, we dug a little deeper and began talking about ways in which our school can help people in our community. Our school was doing a food drive as they do every year and so my students decided that they wanted to support the local food drive.”

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Pearson said Illana Hester, executive director of the Old School House Gallery, was eager to display the students’ work in the gallery.

“She mentioned that this project has made adults within our community reflect on giving and think about kindness,” said Pearson. “I am very proud of my students and what they have accomplished.”

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