From the Heart Newsletter

We are pleased to announce that our second newsletter issue of From the Heart is now available.  The purpose of the newsletter is to share stories, feature fundraising events and recognize supporters.

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8th Annual Ready for Life Breakfast was a Momentous Celebration


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Royalty Ruled the Runway at Kingsway Mall’s Student Fashion Show

Rule the Runway

On April 27, 2017, over 375 guests came out to celebrate a night of fashion and flare at the 7th annual Rule the Runway student fashion show hosted by our partner Kingsway Mall. Students from L.Y. Cairns, Harry Ainlay Jasper Place, M.E. LaZerte and W.P. Wagner schools showcased outstanding clothing collections. The 75 student participants were challenged with designing and creating royally-themed outfits: a black tie outfit created from a selection of quality materials and notions provided by Marshall Fabrics, and an upcycled outfit made from a mystery box of items that included a recycled wedding dress and unique adornments.

Excited student models strutted down the runway as did two full-day Kindergarten students from Princeton School who were wearing clothing provided by a Kingsway Mall retailer. At the end of the evening, all the students participated in a draw. Phoebe Fiddler from L.Y. Cairns won a $250 Kingsway Mall gift card and a pair of jeans from Bootlegger; Holly Busse from Jasper Place has a new sewing machine from Johnson's Sewing Centre and Juliet Koski from M.E. LaZerte received a $5,000 scholarship from MC College to further her passion for fashion.

This event honours the creative talents of Edmonton Public students and is a fundraiser to help support the six full-day Kindergarten programs funded through our Foundation.

We raised an incredible total of $20,000 because amazing things happen when the community and generous sponsors help out!

View the Rule the Runway page on the Kingsway Mall website to view our sponsor list, videos and pictures.


Students Lead the Way at 7th Annual Ready for Life Breakfast

What do you get when you host a fundraising breakfast in collaboration with staff and students from the North Central School Catchment area? You raise over $35,000 and get an incredible hour filled with memorable moments not soon forgotten!

On May 5, 2016, over 350 guests were greeted at the doors of Queen Elizabeth School by dozens of enthusiastic student leaders. Kindergarten to Grade 12 displays lined the hallways, engaging our friends as they made their way to the gym. Not only was the student work impressive; the work shone a light on the exceptional teaching and learning taking place in our District. While guests made their way to their tables, they were treated to an amazing music performance by the Queen Elizabeth jazz band and a fabulous solo performance by a talented young lady.

Then all attention turned to Trinity, a Grade 3 graduate of the Tipaskan full-day Kindergarten program, and Pamela, a Grade 11 student from Queen Elizabeth, as they made their way across the stage and announced the morning was “all about possibilities!” Both girls had tremendous confidence and led the hour long program like professional hosts! Guests were wowed by a singing performance from the Lauderdale School full-day Kindergarten class who were dressed up as professionals. Cute little Kinders presented Board Chair Dr. Louise Hayes with a big white piggy bank full of over $2000 from the six Foundation funded schools’ Pay it Forward campaigns. One little Kinder proudly announced the money would go to the “kids in the fire.” This warmed everyone’s heart as at that time the Fort McMurray fires were burning.

Next up! Director Tracy Poulin pulled the previous director, Sandra Woitas, on stage and announced a scholarship had been established in her honour. This caused a few wet eyes, including Sandra’s. Tears were also shed when co-emcee Pamela shared her inspiring story of leaving Rwanda to come to Canada and the effect her teachers had on her learning journey.

Guests then viewed a special video of three groups of full-day Kindergarten students learning about career possibilities at EPCOR, Tudor Glen Veterinarian Clinic and New Cap Radio. If you haven’t seen this video, you can access it on our website. As the event came to a close, the rich voices of a 350 member choir comprised of Kindergarten to Grade 12 students could be heard coming from the hallway. This North Central Catchment choir, mentored by Scott Leithead from the Edmonton’s Kokopelli Choir Association, sang several African songs while they surrounded the guests. Words cannot describe the effect this performance had on everyone.

We are not sure we can “top” this breakfast at our 8th Annual Ready for Life Fundraising Breakfast scheduled for May 2017, but we will certainly try!

We would like to extend a big thank you to Queen Eliizabeth and all of the North Central Catchment staff and students who made this incredible performance possible.

7th Annual Ready for Life Breakfast pictures


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