McLeod Me to We group wins $5,000 award

Every little bit counts which is why W.L McLeod kids won $5,000

Lucy Bognar

Lucy Bognar

Every little bit counts.

A heartfelt motto that has won a group of W.L. Kids and staff $5,000 to put toward their efforts of helping fund alternative incomes for families in Nicaragua.

“We told our story to the We Day club with Free The Children and they just loved it,” Michelle Miller-Gauthier, teacher at McLeod said. “My message to them was if there was some way to let us know, even though we’re small in number, we can still make a difference in the world.”

Back in March the group made two-bite brownie pudding cups and raised $287 to help the less fortunate. In total, the group has raised $665 over the past few months with funds being used to purchase goats that families will use to earn money so the children can then go to school instead of working to support the family income. Each goat costs $50, so all together the school community has helped us purchase 13 goats, Miller-Gauthier said.

“Now with this $5,000 win through Free the Children Foundation and Robin Hood Canada, families in Nicaragua will have an even more solid foundation on which to support their children,” she said.

Students involved in the Me to We group dedicate their own free time to be involved. One Me to We student Ailis McCleary, 10, said she didn’t know much about it at first but is glad she took an interest.

“It feels good to help because you know that there are people out there that need you and your lucky your able to help them,” Ailis said.

Izzy Racher, 10, another Me to We student said she joined because it’s a good place to help others who really need it.

“The stuff we take for granted they don’t have, so it feels good to help them,” Izzy said.

Me to We is a social enterprise business created by Free The Children involved in sponsoring inspirational youth conferences focused on changing the world for the better. There are four pillars with Free The Children, one of them being alternative income, which is the focus W.L. McLeod students chose to take this year.

For more information visit www.freethechildren.com