Stella Maris raises $5,600 through read-a-thon/zumbathon


By Joel Charron


Exercising your brain is just as important as exercising your body.

This past Friday the staff and students at Stella Maris Catholic Elementary School did exactly that by hosting a read-a-thon/zumba-a-athon to help raise money for the school.

Stella Maris’ parent council organized the fundraiser.

“The students love to read but after awhile when they are sitting down they may get a little edgy,” said Parent Council chairperson Barb Maitre. “The zumba gives the students a little break and gives them some exercise at the same time.”

Maitre said the school didn’t do a read-a-thon last year but decided to bring it back this year because the students enjoy it and according to her has “proven to be a great fundraiser in the past.”

“We always try to do something a little bit different from time to time,” said Maitre.

Maitre also mentioned the read-a-thon is a good way for the students to interact with each other as each senior student was paired up with the junior student and helped each other read their favorite stories.

“Reading is an important part of learning,” said Maitre. “You want the students to love reading and love reading the material they have. This fundraising really gets them involved in learning.”

Former Stella Maris graduate, now CBC news anchor Amanda Ferguson made a guest appearance to read a story to a classroom of students.


Taking a breaking from reading, students took part in Zumba to give them a little exercise.

Taking a breaking from reading, students took part in Zumba to give them a little exercise.

The read-a-thon/zumba-a-thon raised $5,600 for the school, which will be used for purchasing items to enhance the students learning.

“Most of the supplies we can get through the school board but there are a few items that teachers see that really helps catch the students attention and help them learn that much more,” said Maitre.

One of those items is iPads. According to Stella Maris principal Bridget Russo the school currently has eight iPads and is looking to purchase more.

‘The students love using the iPads,” she said. “It’s a fun way for them to learn.”

Russo also praised the Parent Council, stating administration has an “outstanding” relationship with the Parent Council.

“We are blessed to have caring parents who want to enhance the learning experience of our students,” said Russo.

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