TVO Citizen of the Year
…Grade 3 student, Mark Manderson, took matters into his own hands this winter when he decided he could make a difference for hungry children in Chad, Africa.
The eight year old spear-headed a fund raiser meant to provide life-saving ‘plumpy nut’ nutrition packets to kids in need. Fallingbrook students were invited to help stampout hunger by paying $1.00 to paint foot or hand prints for a massive school mural.
Mark also recruited the help of his family and friends to organize a snackbar for Fallingbrook’s two holiday concerts. In all, the school community helped him raise a total of $600.00 for the much needed Plumpy Nut packs.
Mark first realized his potential to make a difference back in grade two, during his participation in the ‘Who Is Nobody’ character building program.
Mark’s outstanding efforts were acknowledged by World Vision and TVO Kids at a recent school Hidden Heroes assembly.
Many thanks to the students in Ms. Currie’s class and the Fallingbrook community for their generous support!
This article was published in the Fallingbrook PS, Whitby – Newsletter in February 2009
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