Catina Carpenter’s kindergarten class at Silver Creek Elementary has collected 29

Collecting pop tabs for wheelchairs

Local kindergarten class helps kids with spina bifida

A math lesson at Silver Creek Elementary has turned into a fundraising initiative that’s gaining momentum throughout Hope.

Catina Carpenter’s kindergarten class started collecting pop tabs in January to help children with spina bifida.

“I thought it would be good way for these guys to do a community project, but also incorporate their math (skills) using counting of the pop tabs and weighing of the pop tabs,” she said.

The project reinforces one of the kindergarden curriculum outcomes, Carpenter added, which is helping students learn they are “part of a school community, family community and a town.”

The entire school quickly got behind the project and soon donations were pouring in from every classroom. In the last six months, a total of 29,830 tabs have been collected.

C.E. Barry Intermediate School students Alexa Wyatt and Sarah Isbister are now running a similar pop tab initiative at their school to help children with spina bifida. Pop tabs can be dropped at the C.E. Barry office until June 28.

Both collections will be presented to the Chilliwack Kiwanis Club, who will then pass it on to the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of B.C. this summer.

The high grade aluminum used to make pop tabs can be sold and the money used to help offset the costs of expensive wheelchairs and leg braces.

Just Posted

Car crashes through front doors at Hope Pharmasave

No one injured as a result of Thursday morning crash, and store is still open despite the damage

Hope school board candidates talk SOGI, successes and rocky patches of past four years

Six candidates are vying for three Hope trustee positions up for grabs in an Oct. 20 election

VIDEO: This is what buying legal pot in B.C. looks like

Take a look inside B.C.’s first and only legal pot shop located in Kamloops

Cindy Young makes second run for top political job at the District of Hope

Young, in her run for mayor, is campaigning to attract business to Hope and keep local youth in the community

10 things still illegal in the new age of recreational cannabis

Pot is legal – but there are still a lot of rules, and breaking some could leave you in jail

B.C. NDP retreats again on empty-home tax for urban areas

Rate reduced for all Canadians, dissident mayors to get annual meeting

Ignoring climate change poses potential catastrophe for B.C.

Fisheries scientist says ‘extraordinary challenges’ in water management lie ahead

Grow ops left in legal weeds

“I think people are going to get a big surprise that it’s not going to change things much.”

Driving with dope: Police talk rules on cannabis in the car

Even though pot is legal, you can’t smoke in the car

B.C. teens fined for possession of pot on legalization day

The pair received $230 fines for smoking pot in public

Trio of Saint Bernard find their ‘forever home’ after story goes viral

Edmonton Humane Society had put out the call to adopt Gasket, Gunther and Goliath

Nurses deliver 24,000 anti-violence postcards to B.C. Health Minister

Nurses delivered thousands of postcards to the front steps of the B.C. legislature, each carrying a message for violence prevention

Openly gay, female priest of B.C. church defying norms

Andrea Brennan serves Fernie at pivotal time in church’s history

Most Read