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Plenty of Reasons to Smile

Mario Kart tournament for Operation Smile

The 2018 Operation Smile campaign at St. Mary’s College was another resounding success. The campaign, spearheaded by the Grade 12 French Immersion Religion class, was designed to have each of the twenty students in the class raise enough funds to sponsor reconstructive surgery for one child suffering from cleft lip or cleft palate.

Thanks to the generosity of their fellow students, staff at St. Mary’s College and the community, a total of $5,966.38 was raised, creating the opportunity for the Operation Smile campaign to sponsor twenty-five surgeries.

“Being a part of this campaign was not only an opportunity to help others and save lives, but also to better ourselves as teenagers. I’m so happy we were able to surpass our goal of twenty surgeries and help so many children in need.  Knowing that we were able to make an impact with our work is a very rewarding feeling,” said Tayler Greco.

Some fun activities and events that took place to help raise funds were: a school-wide Mario Kart tournament, a Bubble soccer tournament, Smiley Fry sales, Smiley Cookie sales, Operation Smile shirt sales and a fun photo booth, not to mention a Grade 7/8 Hallowe’en dance on October 27th.

“I was amazed that our class was able to raise almost $6,000.00 while having fun and getting our school involved,” said Sarah Ryan.

“This was truly a great experience. It really put a smile on my face,” said Ethan Pedinelli.

“I am so moved by the love and compassion of our entire student body, in particular, my Grade 12 Smile Team. They truly demonstrated what it means to live as joyful disciples of Christ, working collaboratively with staff, students and community partners to help provide life-saving surgeries to many needy children. I congratulate them on a job well done,” said teacher mentor Mme. Trecroce.

If you were unable to assist the St. Mary’s College Operation Smile campaign, your donations are always welcome at the main office of the school or by donating directly to www.operationsmile.ca