Clutching presents to his chest, Grade 4 student Drayden Eninew proudly showed off items he purchased for his mom and little sister, this week.
The St. Michael Community School student was able to buy the gifts thanks to a team of volunteers’ efforts to maintain the school’s annual Christmas store.
“They all purchase something, no matter if it’s a couple little things or if it’s a lot for every member of their family,” teacher’s assistant Marion Kusch said.
“They purchase for family members, and it’s a gift from them, that they’ve chosen, so it means a lot because they’ve chosen something special for their siblings and family members.”
Items have been either donated by members of the public or purchased by retired teacher Jeanette Eddolls, who spends months scouring the city for sales on items.
Between donated items and inexpensive ones, students are able to purchase items for family members for an affordable rate of between 25 cents and $3.
“A lot of donations were given,” Kusch said. “And it’s great, because it all helps out.”
The school’s Christmas store will be open to students all week.