Each month St. Stephen has a dress down day. The money raised from these days go towards different community service agencies or charitable organizations as well as community needs. Some of the agencies include: Development and Peace, Habitat for Humanity United Way, The Mount Community housing project, and Wells of Hope.
St. Stephen is proud of the efforts of our students and staff who work diligently throughout the school year on many fundraisers that supplement student costs for school trips, and that contribute to important campaigns in our community. Some of our recent fundraisers include:
Annual Terry Fox Campaign
St. Stephen demonstrated focused energy, enthusiasm and a lot of hard work in our effort to help those who are battling cancer.
Annual Honduras Trip
In April 2013, St. Stephen students returned from a 1st trip to Honduras. Students helped to build an orphanage, 2 pillars for homes, and laid a concrete floor in a home. They spent a lot of time with children and built lasting relationships. Students organized many fundraisers for the trip including the annual Silent Auction Bowling Night. If you would like to make a financial contribution towards building materials for the orphanage, you can make a cheque payable to St. Stephen C.S.S. Anything over $20 will receive a charitable tax receipt.
Students also collect the following throughout the year to bring to those in need in Honduras:
Single bed sheets, pillow cases (no blankets, please)
Towels, wash cloths, face cloths
Children's women's shoes/sandals (in good condition)
Children/ teen and adults clothes: summer jeans, t-shirts, blouses, skirts, dresses, pants, etc. (no jackets, sweaters or coats)
Materials for use in sewing classes at a girls school
School supplies (no binders or paper)
United Way Campaign
Each year St. Stephen students and staff participate in the Board-wide United Way campaign. Monies raised through staff donations, fundraising activities and dress down days is used to supports the work of 34 human and social service agencies delivering quality services and programs to every corner of the Clarington region.
Food for Kids Breakfast Program
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and provides students with the energy that they need to fuel their growing minds and bodies. However, many students miss the opportunity for breakfast and snacks for different reasons. Students who are provided with nutritious, safe food have reported improved attendance rates, enhanced school performance, better health, decreased behavioural problems, and increased attention span among their peers. Each year, St. Stephen raises funds through donations and dress down days for the Food for Kids program.