Grade one students raise money to purchase nails to build a Habitat house

06 Dec
Grade 1

ST. CATHARINES, ON – The students in Wilma Harris’ grade one class at Beacon Christian School are fundraising until March to purchase nails to help build a Habitat home in Niagara next year.

“The children helped to come up with the jobs they could do around the house for money,” explains Wilma Harris, Teacher at Beacon Christian School. “They are also keeping a journal of the chores they are doing, drawing a picture and writing a sentence at least twice a week.”

For each chore they do, they collect donations. The children know that each nail costs about 5 cents so if they get a loonie, that would buy 20 nails. They have a fundraising goal of $1,000 to buy enough nails to build one house and have already raised $179.60.

“Our focus for the year is on ‘servant working’, which states that ‘we will serve others in our classroom and in our community’ and this fundraiser applies to both areas,” said Wilma.

The students are quite eager helping out and will continue their fundraising efforts until next spring. “Our mantra is slow and steady wins the race,” chuckles Wilma.

On December 15th, the students will be singing a Christmas carol at Habitat Niagara’s upcoming Home Dedication Ceremony on Grey Avenue in Niagara Falls, where they will turn the keys over to two new homeowner families. For more details about please visit

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