Congratulations to the St. Gabriel community that took on the challenge of supporting the DREAMS initiative of building homes in the Dominican Republic and supporting the people in the local community there. During the March Break, Mr. Laskowski and other staff members form the HWCDSB will be making their way to the Dominican Republic to build houses for the people there. The staff members paid for their own flight, food etc but were faced with the challenge of raising the funds necessary to purchase the supplies needed to build the house. Various schools throughout the board collected clothing, had dress down days and/or participated in a fundraising concert to help raise the needed money. As a school our challenge was to try and raise at least $50 dollars per class and the class that raised the most would be awarded a Pasta dinner with all the trimmings. On behalf of the DREAMS Team, we would like to thank the staff and students for raising over $3000 for the initiative. The money raised, combined with the other fundraising efforts has raised enough money to buy supplies for 2 houses.
At the school, Mrs. DiGiammartino’s class was the winner of the Pasta Dinner, but as a community we are all winners for the good work we did. On the day of the dinner, Mr. Laskowski and Mrs. Chiota cooked up the pasta, meatballs and garlic bread while Mrs. Cole and her team of Grade 8s, Julianna, Madison, Simone and Kylie worked on preparations in the gym and helped serve. Mrs. Varrasso and Miss St. Aubin helped serve as well, and Mr. Coons, Principal of St. Margaret Mary, who is attending the trip, made the trip down to thank the students for their great effort. As a special treat Mrs. DiGiammartino was celebrating her birthday, so cake was enjoyed by all.
As a community everyone at St. Gabriel should be proud of the money raised and any donations of clothing that have been brought to the Parish. We should also thank the Knights of Columbus of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, who donated to the project and supported the clothing drive. Our sister school, Immaculate Heart of Mary, whose principal, Mr. Collela, is also attending the trip, have also been working hard to help the community in the Dominican. At Immaculate Heart of Mary, students have been busily donating items of clothing and supplies for the families, and the amount of items brought in will make many, many families very happy. Together the students of both schools have gone out of their way to show Christian service and have truly followed Jesus' message of helping others. When the DREAMS team returns home from the trip, staff will be sharing pictures and updates from all the good that the students have made possible.