Students at Georges Vanier started selling bracelets for $1 to raise money for the Surrey Food Bank. Students would stay in at lunch and make the bracelets in the school’s library. (Photos: Lauren Collins)

VIDEO: Elementary students donate bracelet sales to Surrey Food Bank

Students raise more than $100

Students at a Newton elementary school spent about a month making colourful bracelets and selling them with the plan to donate the proceeds to the Surrey Food Bank.

Students at Georges Vanier Elementary began making bracelets about four weeks ago when a few kids asked Aboriginal youth care worker Lori Buckton how to make elastic-band bracelets.

“I had to Google how it was made, and then I showed them how to make it and the next day, they came up to me — running up to me — (saying), ‘We sold our bracelets for $1 and we want to give some money to the homeless,’” Buckton said.

From there, Buckton said, she and the student figured out which charity to give the proceeds to — the Surrey Food Bank.

READ ALSO: Surrey Food Bank honours donors at Christmas open house

READ ALSO: Surrey students host Christmas dinner for those in need

“The kids just have their whole heart in this,” Buckton said.

“And ever since that, it’s just been one thing after another. We figured out how to organize making the bracelets, the kids are selling the bracelets out in front of the office,” she said.

The students raised more than $100 from bracelet sales.

Grade 5 students Alex Perez and Angad Kandola said it meant so much for them to be able to give back.

“It’s something that I wanted to do for a long time,” Kandola said.

The boys said they and a handful of other students would go around at lunch time with a tray of bracelets to sell.

Perez said the students made about 100 bracelets.

Thirty-six of those, Buckton said, were for teachers.

“When we first started this, we actually got 36 orders from the teachers for bracelets, so 36 of them were sold before we even started doing the craft circle.”

Buckton said when the craft circle began, there was just a table full of students in the library making the bracelets.

“One time they announced the craft circle, and I could hear almost like a stampede of students,” she said.

“I think I’m going to be finding little elastics for maybe about a year from now.”

In the new year, Buckton said, she plans to do another craft circle with the students to have them make one bracelet for themselves and one for a friend.

“It’s just kind of spreading that idea of support through the community, even with their own friends.”



lauren.collins@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Lauren on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey Mounties seeking witnesses to Saturday shooting

Police say the victim isn’t providing investigators with information

South Surrey mom frustrated by city’s response after son, 10, has severe reaction to park grass 

City of Surrey parks manager says ‘potential steps’ to address concern under review

B.C.’s virtual ‘SoundON’ concerts kick off with sounds of Surrey festival

‘FVDED Broadcast’ from nightclub on July 18, as charity event

Surrey council approves $150 FOI fee for attendance requests at city facilities

This came before council’s meeting on Monday July 13

Surrey’s first Ethics Commissioner brings ‘objectivity’ to the job

Vancouver lawyer Reece Harding is Surrey’s first Ethics Commissioner, also a first for B.C.

Recent surge in COVID-19 cases not unexpected amid Phase Three of reopening: B.C.’s top doc

Keep circles small, wear masks and be aware of symptoms, Dr. Bonnie Henry says

Thousands of dollars of stolen rice traced to Langley warehouse

Police raid seizes $75,000 in ‘commercial scale’ theft case

UPDATE: Mission spray park closed after children suffer swollen eyes, burns

Mission RCMP are investigating incident that injured several children

B.C. NDP changing WorkSafeBC regulations to respond to COVID-19

Employers say reclassifying coronavirus could be ‘ruinous’

Baby raccoon rescued from 10-foot deep drainage pipe on Vancouver Island

‘Its cries were loud, pitiful and heartbreaking,’ Saanich animal control officer says

Statistical flaws led to B.C. wolf cull which didn’t save endangered caribou as estimated

Study finds statistical flaws in an influential 2019 report supporting a wolf cull

Windows broken, racist graffiti left on Okanagan home

Family says nothing like this has happened since they moved to Summerland in 1980s

19 times on 19th birthday: Langley teen goes from crutches to conquering Abby Grind

Kaden Van Buren started at midnight on Saturday. By 3 p.m. he had completed the trek 19 times.

Professional basketball in Canada begins return to action with COVID-19 testing

Abbotsford’s Fraser Valley Bandits, six other CEBL teams arrive in Ontario for Summer Series

Most Read