Montague Public School students raise more than $4,000 for local charities with French project

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Students at Smiths Falls’ Montague Public School found a creative way to support their learning while raising over $4,000 for local charities over the last couple of months.

Three intermediate classes teamed up on a project called ‘Cafe Days,’ as part of a real world learning project for their French class, allowing them to develop their French language skills while simultaneously raising money for some great causes.

A media release from the Upper Canada District School Board explains that students brainstormed food and drink options that would be appealing to their customers – aka elementary students – and discussed price points that would be affordable for families.

Students were then able to build a “café kiosk” with help from J.A. Hannah & Son Electric of North Gower. They also created French posters and menus to share within the school and send home with students, printed by Coba Studios in Merrickville.

Then, they created and practiced coffee shop dialogues, reviewed number amounts in French, chose the Café and logo, and voted on local organizations to donate their proceeds to. Three Café Days were held in April (one for each class) where students rotated through different tasks: tech crew, baristas, kitchen staff and French support personnel. Violets on Main Village Bakery in Merrickville supplied baked goods for them to serve.

“I am immensely proud of these students for their incredible dedication and hard work on this Real-World Learning project,” said Montague French teacher Carly Mossip-Cameron, who supervised the project.

The team raised a total of $4,050, and donated the money to the following organizations:

  • $1,300 to the Champion 4 Kids Foundation (C4K)
  • $1,300 to the Lanark Animal Welfare Society (LAWS)
  • $1,300 to the Canadian Cancer Society
  • $150 to the Merrickville Food Cupboard

“Not only did they gain invaluable skills and experiences, but they also managed to make a meaningful difference in our community, which is truly inspiring,” Mossip-Cameron added. “They have proven with passion and hard work; they can make the world a better place.”

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