Kind thoughts nets St. Bernard students $500 ‘mini grant’


By Joel Charron

St. Bernard’s students learned it certainly pays to think nice thoughts.

Candace Zimmerman’s Grade 4/5 class earned a $500 “mini-grant” from the Windsor-Essex Community Foundation because of their efforts to perform random acts of kindness in the community.

Zimmerman’s students will be visiting Richmond Terrace Long Term Care Facility May 11 along with a number of acts of kindness, which include creating “kindness greeting cards” for local schools, buying coffee for random strangers, spending time with pre-school children and giving plants to the neighboring residents with a pleasant note attached.

“I am extremely thrilled and very proud of my students,” said Zimmerman. “They

Windsor-Essex Community Foundation executive director Glenn Stresman (far left) was at St. Bernard School Wednesday, April 25 to give Candace Zimmerman's Grade 4/5 class a $500 mini-grant. The class plans to use the money for various community projects.

are very thoughtful, caring and loving kids who want to make a difference in the world. We want to make a difference to as many people as we can.”

Zimmerman beleives it’s not only is it important to educate children with books and classroom work but also educate them on being a good person.

“I think it’s very important. We need to educate their minds and educate their hearts. They have to learn to be good people,” she said.

Windsor-Essex Community Foundation executive director Glenn Stresman said the foundation choose Zimmerman’s class because they were impressed by the community orientated proposal from her class. He added the grant gives the winning class a chance to be involved with the community.

Stresman mentioned the foundation urges children to become involved in the community. He pointed out that they are now involved with the Windsor-Essex Catholic School Board along with the Greater Essex County District School Board.

Stresman stated that high school students often judge the proposals from elementary schools.

“We found students are excellent in reviewing proposals and making sure it meets the criteria,” said Stresman.

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