Peace Arch Hospital's Marie Rougeau marvels at cards (below) that were created during the recent Makers Fair at South Meridian Elementary

Peace Arch Hospital's Marie Rougeau marvels at cards (below) that were created during the recent Makers Fair at South Meridian Elementary

South Surrey students brighten day for hospital residents

South Meridian Elementary students made more than two dozen cards for long-term residents at Peace Arch Hospital.

More than two dozen long-term residents at Peace Arch Hospital will have their days brightened with a little glitz, a little glitter and a whole lot of goodwill, thanks to students at South Meridian Elementary.

“It’ll warm their hearts to know that someone else is thinking of them,” Marie Rougeau, the hospital’s manager of volunteer services, told Grade 4 students Anya Prokopich and Chloe Kang.

Cards“These are amazing pieces of art.”

Prokopich and Kang – members of the school’s Spirit Club –  presented Rougeau with more than two dozen cards that were made during the school’s Maker’s Fair last month.

The fair, in its second year, is “a celebration of creativity” spearheaded by the Spirit Club and aimed at giving students a chance to showcase who they are through something they’ve made.

Open to all grades, creations this year ranged from soap and a Lego pinball machine to doll clothes made from elastic bracelets and cupcakes.

Students had the option of selling their creations, knowing that any proceeds would be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The concept was well-received, and resulted in $327.75 for the charity.

Lynn Oucharek, parent sponsor of the Spirit Club, said the card-making table was the result of a challenge to the student organizers to add “one more piece that got everybody involved in using their skills.” The leadership club aims to foster creative and critical thinking skills, Oucharek said – and the students did not disappoint.

Offered a buffet of accoutrements to work with – from glitter glue to tinsel – those who paused to create a card did so with gusto.

“There’s no such thing as too much glitter,” Prokopich noted with a smile.

Rougeau revelled in the care put into each card, beaming at the use of colours, the careful placement of stickers and sentiments that included ‘Get better’, ‘Get well soon’ and ‘Hope you get better, think happy.’

Principal Joanie Donovan said the students’ efforts are something to be proud of.

Oucharek said often all students need to succeed is the gentle suggestion that they can.

“All it takes is a little open-the-door, and they run,” she said.

“They just need to know that it’s possible.”

 

Just Posted

Dooris Raad was last seen in South Surrey’s Ocean Park neighbourhood on June 7. (Surrey RCMP photo)
Doris Anderson’s digital triptych Aberration, which she is marketing as an NFT.
Semiahmoo Peninsula abstract painter dives into NFT market

Works sold as one-of-a-kind digital files

Hundreds gathered at Surrey’s Holland Park Friday (June 11) in memory of the Muslim family killed in London, Ont. on Sunday (June 6). (Photo: Shane MacKichan)
Hundreds gather at Surrey park in memory of victims in London attack

Vigil organized by Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians

Scales of Justice, Image courtesy Creative Outlet
Scales of Justice, Image courtesy Creative Outlet
Teacher’s elbow injury case against Surrey School District, WorkSafeBC struck by judge

Judge says processes put in place by legislation, collective agreement must be followed

Lorraine Gibson, 90, received a COVID-19 immunization at the South Surrey Park and Ride vaccination clinic. (File photo: Aaron Hinks)
Surrey has had 25% of B.C.’s total COVID-19 cases

Surrey recorded 4,012 cases in May

t
How to tell if a call from ‘CRA’ is legitimate or a scam

Expert says it’s important to verify you really are dealing with the CRA before you give out any info

57-year-old Kathleen Richardson was discovered deceased in her home Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Her death is considered a homicide and connected to the slain brothers found on a Naramata forest road. (Submitted)
Condolences pour in for Kathy Richardson, Naramata’s 3rd homicide victim in recent weeks

Richardson was well liked in the community, a volunteer firefighter with a home-based salon

A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
More than 75% of B.C. adults have 1st dose of COVID vaccine

The federal government has confirmed a boost in the Moderna vaccine will be coming later this month

Airport ground crew offload a plane carrying just under 300,000 doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine which is developed by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies at Pearson International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
1st batch of Johnson & Johnson vaccines won’t be released in Canada over quality concerns

The vaccines were quarantined in April before they were distributed to provinces

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The rainbow flag flies beside the Canadian flag outside the University of the Fraser Valley’s Chilliwack campus on June 26, 2020. Monday, June 14, 2021 is Flag Day, and also June is Pride Month. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of June 13 to 19

Flag Day, Garbage Man Day, International Panic Day all coming up this week

British Columbia-Yukon Community News Association’s 2021 Ma Murray Awards were handed out during a virtual ceremony on Friday, June 10. (Screen grab)
Black Press Media winners take gold at B.C. and Yukon journalism awards

Publications received nods in dozens of categories

Forty sled dogs were seized by the BC SPCA from a Salmo kennel in February. A recent ruling has decided the dogs won’t be returned. Photo: Gounsil/Flickr
BC Farm Industry Review Board rules against Salmo kennel after 40 sled dogs seized

Spirit of the North Kennels was also ordered to pay BC SPCA $64,000

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets campers while visiting McDougall, Ont. on Thursday, July 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
71% of B.C. men say they’d prefer to go camping with Trudeau: survey

Most British Columbians with plans to go camping outdoors say they’d prefer to go with Trudeau or Shania Twain

Most Read