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St. Joseph students support Big Brothers Big Sisters

The students at St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School made a donation that will go a long way toward supporting children across Niagara.

The school’s 110 students raised $300 for Big Brothers Big Sisters Of South Niagara (BBBS).

 The donation, which was picked up last Friday, was raised over the course of three weeks through the sale of candy grams and a dodgeball game that saw students compete against their teachers.
“In addition to our Bowl For Kids’ Sake Campaign taking place through March, many of our schools participate in a variety of fundraising events throughout the year in support of our agency’s programs,” says Kaitlyn Krahn, a caseworker for BBBS.
“St. Joe’s has sold candy grams (for BBBS) for years and it’s become quite a tradition here at the school,” she adds.
St. Joseph students Ava Venzon and Jenelle McMahon took the lead on the initiative, explains school principal Diane Pizale.
“They are the school’s student senators and were on the announcements every day to talk about BBBS and visited every classroom.”
Other schools in Greater Fort Erie have also planned their own fundraisers. Our Lady of Victory Catholic Elementary School held its own bowling event at Carroll’s Bowling Lanes last week and Stevensville Public School is planning a Pizza Day fundraiser.
According to Krahn, the money raised by local schools have been earmarked to go right back into the community, through the organization’s in-school mentoring programs.
BBBS has accepted 17 new in-school mentors this year, two of which are in Fort Erie. In-school mentors spend time mentoring a child for one hour a week at a local school in their community.
Making a difference in a child’s life “really simply giving up one hour of your time each week,” Krahn says and adds that BBBS is currently looking for more in-school mentors.
“We are hoping to accept 20 more across our service area prior to the end of the school year (in June).
Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Krahn at 905-735-0570 ext. 224 or send an e-mail to

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