Angelina Mayer (left) and Olivia Ryder collected personal hygiene items from all classes at Beairsto school for The Vernon Women’s Centre and the Upper Room Mission for their Project Outreach — Dynamic Networks

Angelina Mayer (left) and Olivia Ryder collected personal hygiene items from all classes at Beairsto school for The Vernon Women’s Centre and the Upper Room Mission for their Project Outreach — Dynamic Networks

Making a difference

Beairsto school Grade 5 students Olivia Ryder and Angelina Mayer didn’t take long to decide what to do for their Destination ImagiNation group. They wanted to take part in the organization’s challenge to develop creativity, teamwork and problem-solving for students.

“We wanted to make a change in the community so we decided to help the homeless. We wanted to do something to help them feel more confident. We really like the way everyone in the school helped us,” said Olivia, 10.

They worked together to come up with their project and did a presentation at a school assembly to encourage other students to make contributions of personal hygiene items. They had to do all the work themselves, accepting adult help only for things they couldn’t do, like driving the items to be distributed.

“Looking good can make you feel better. We wanted to give people who couldn’t afford these things. We are giving them to The Vernon Women’s Centre and to the Upper Room Mission so that men will be able to have them too. It was bigger than we ever imagined. We got so many things,” said Angelina, 11.

“We would like to do something for Destination ImagiNation again. We don’t have answers for things but we hope people will think, ‘If these little girls can make a difference, maybe I can, too.’”