Local children to have happier Christmas thanks to General Amherst students

 

 

Student parliament at General Amherst completed “Sparky’s Toy Drive” last week with 1,300 toys collected. Front row: Brannon Beaudoin, Linsey Lim. Middle row: Hayley Bartlam, Dakota Taylor, Trent Sparling, Alex Turner, Sara Giles, Natalie DeMarco, Hailey Mallat. Back row (behind window): Candice Dufour, Michael Andrews, Dani Leroux.

Student parliament at General Amherst completed “Sparky’s Toy Drive” last week with 1,300 toys collected. Front row: Brannon Beaudoin, Linsey Lim. Middle row: Hayley Bartlam, Dakota Taylor, Trent Sparling, Alex Turner, Sara Giles, Natalie DeMarco, Hailey Mallat. Back row (behind window): Candice Dufour, Michael Andrews, Dani Leroux.

By Ron Giofu

 

The annual “Sparky’s Toy Drive” held at General Amherst High School will help ensure children in Amherstburg have a merrier Christmas.

This year’s toy drive, organized by student parliament, raised in the neighbourhood of 1,300 toys. It took place over a two-week period.

“I think we did a good job,” said Prime Minister Linsey Lim.

Deputy Prime Minister Hayley Bartlam said students suffered from “a lack of motivation” early but when they started promoting the event heavier, donations picked up.

“It’s a big accomplishment,” she said of the 1,300 amount. “It’s not as much as we have had in the past.”

Bartlam said “we pretty much spammed” Twitter and Facebook about the toy drive and Lim added other things, including decorating the room where the toys were stored and a song on the announcements, also helped interest pick up.

“It was quite catchy and fun,” Lim said of the song, which was created by student parliament member Trent Sparling.

Lim praised the work of teacher Jason McLean, who is the faculty advisor to student parliament.

“He (and his wife) has a baby coming and he’s still helping us with all this craziness,” said Lim, with a smile.

“It’s nice to see people are so generous around the holidays,” added Bartlam.

McLean noted the toys will be distributed this year through the Amherstburg Goodfellows.

“It’s 100 percent local and staying within the community,” said McLean.

The toys that were raised were also of good quality, McLean added.

“It’s quality toys, not simply quantity,” he stated. “It’s nice to see the kids stop and think ‘what would someone want?”

Lim offered a thank you on behalf of student parliament to the Amherstburg community for its generosity. Bartlam added that top class will receive a pizza party with top junior and senior classes also getting a hot chocolate and donut party.

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