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Written by Kelvin student Martina Barclay
A choir in the stairwell singing as they enter our school's doors. A pancake breakfast cooked by the track team. And the celebration capping off with gifts brought by Santa himself.
This is what would have awaited elementary students from Pinkham School had they been able to visit Kelvin High School this past December for what would have been our 21st annual Holiday Breakfast.
While disappointed with the cancellation due to COVID-19 restrictions, "Santa's elves" wasted no time in finding an alternative plan to bring joy to Pinkham students around the holiday season.
Instead of filling the cafeteria with snowflakes and holiday music, Kelvin's newly formed Spirit Council and their teacher supervisors worked together to sort and package gifts based on grade levels.
Pinkham students arrived at their school on Jan. 26th to find their classrooms filled with handmade paper snowflakes and their very own gift bag, each stuffed with toys, warm socks, mittens and lots of books.
Kelvin Grade 12 students Grace Rollins, Yannick Bohm, Gurkirat Butter, Martina Barclay and Nicole Marquez led the Spirit Council project.
Marquez said it's important to "keep as many connections as we can with other schools in order to help lift spirits during these hard times."
Rollins wanted to take part in this initiative upon remembering the happiness it brought the kids during last year's Holiday Breakfast. Rollins said, "We should be doing whatever we can to make sure a bit of that continues on."
And continue on it did. Students and staff between the two schools held a Google Meet on Jan. 26 to reconnect in the pandemic version of face-to-face contact. The Pinkham students were given the opportunity to say thank you, while the Kelvin students were able to see firsthand the impact a simple act of giving could accomplish.
"Getting a chance to speak with the students and hear how excited they were was so uplifting," Barclay said. "It puts into perspective how easy it is to have a positive impact in someone else's life, regardless if there's a pandemic going on."
The Spirit Council would like to thank all students and staff who helped make this project a success.