Bench Elementary – Giving a Hand Up


Let’s not kid ourselves, this year has been rough. From the COVID-19 pandemic to heat domes, drought to floods our communities have been dealing with so much over the past 20 months that we need to get some good news…

That’s where Bench Elementary steps in.

In Ms. Ingram’s class, students used an opportunity to fundraise for a trip to Camp Imadene in June to support their community. The fundraiser saw students collecting donations to purchase fresh food bundles for those in their community who need a hand up, and also for some amazing charities that do this work as well. With food insecurity on the rise in every community students looked for an approach that could help.

In total, Bench students (and their families) donated enough to purchase 282 bundles, and adding to this impressive amount, the farmers and suppliers of Agriculture in the Classroom matched the donations!

Food bundles went to individual families as well as a portion going to Nourish Cowichan and Healthiest Babies.

Huy tseep q’u (thank you all) to Bench Elementary students and families for setting an example for us all.

With the recent floods and the holiday season upon us, let’s take the lead from Bench who have shown us how to make a difference locally. Consider volunteering or donating to approved flood relief charities or to any of the fantastic charities in the Cowichan Valley who could always use a hand up in their work.