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Almonte Students Create Online Auction Supporting Inclusion and Diversity
Almonte Students Create Online Auction Supporting Inclusion and Diversity
Posted on 06/16/2020
Kids Boosting Kids

June 26, 2020 - Update 
Lukas and his sisters, Marlise and Esmay  have raised more than $5,000 with their Kids Boosting Kids Campaign. The family has created a $1,000 bursary that will be awarded to an Indigenous or visual minority graduate of Almonte District High School for the next five years. A donation of more than $500 will also be made to the Black Youth Help Line.

June 16, 2020
(Almonte, ON) – After hearing of George Floyd in the news and discussing with their class, Naismith Memorial Public School siblings Lukas, Marlise and Esmay Ibrahim decided they wanted to take action to help eliminate racism and to improve equity and inclusion within their community.

Lukas, Grade 3, presented the idea of an online auction initiative to Naismith Memorial’s Grade 3 and Grade 3/4 classes. He explained that all proceeds from the auction be donated to the Black Youth Helpline and to create an Almonte District High School scholarship for a student who promotes diversity and inclusion within the community. Immediately, he had classmates, families and business jump on board.

With the help of his family, they created a letter to send to local businesses along with a YouTube video explaining the initiative.

The online auction is running from June 15 to June 19 on the Kids Boosting Kids Facebook page. Anyone is able to bid on the online auction items and bidding will close at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 19.

Earlier this year, Lukas’ teacher, Amy Killeen, asked her class about their goals for 2020. The first two sentences of Lukas' writing stated, "This year is going to be my best year. I am going to help my neighbourhood and the world." 

“Obviously, I should have taken him at his word,” says Killeen.

“I am very proud of our staff and students for taking on this important learning project,” adds Principal Jeff Curtis. “It shows that they exhibit the ten UCDSB Character Always virtues: caring, fairness, honesty, empathy, responsibility, perseverance, respect, and resilience.”

For more information, please contact:

Jeff Curtis
Naismith Memorial Public School
[email protected]

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