This week students at St. Mary’s College are celebrating their 10th year participating in the Operation Smile Campaign!
Operation Smile is a foundation that believes that all children deserve to live with dignity and for those who are suffering from cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities, dignity begins with a smile.
Along with their global partners, Operation Smile works in over 60 countries, with more than 6,000 medical volunteers to help deliver safe and effective cleft surgeries and related medical care directly to children.
The hope for St. Mary’s College this year is to raise enough funds to change the lives of 12 children in need of surgery — 1 for each member of the Operation Smile team!
This years’ team consists of the students in the grade 12 French Immersion Religion Class who are hoping to successfully carry on the tradition. These students are determined to help their school make a positive impact on the world and in the lives of others in need.
On Thursday, October 13, the school kicked off the campaign with grade level assemblies to explain the events and activities that will take place during the week and many students are eagerly looking forward to them. The students were also able to see some videos of children who have successfully had the surgery done, to provide them with a better understanding of how the process works and how the campaign truly does help children all over the world.
As part of the campaign, the student body is presented with many fun activities where they can help to donate to the cause. Students are given the opportunity to purchase the brand new 10th anniversary operation smile t-shirts for just $15 and they can be worn all week in replacement of the regular uniform tops.
Students can also participate in intramural sports at lunch time by signing up a team for just $5. These teams will have the opportunity to play basketball, soccer and volleyball at lunch all throughout the week and those who are not participating have the opportunity to be a spectator by donation.
The Operation Smile team will also be selling smiley fries for $2 and smiley cookies for $1 in the morning and at lunch throughout the week.
In addition to these exciting activities, many students are looking forward to donating their loose change to “Kidnap-a-Teacher”. This is an event where each homeroom class in encouraged to try and collect as many donations as possible in a can and at the end of the week, the class with the most donations will be rewarded with the opportunity to “kidnap” their teacher for a block and enjoy a free pizza party.
Students are strongly encouraged to come out and participate in all the fun events and activities that will be taking place throughout the week. Every donation counts towards helping bring smiles to children all over the world!