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Stay In School
UPDATE: Our second annual Stay in School celebration took place May 26, 2016. It is a way to recognize the school achievement of young women “in care”. The event was the collaborative effort of CAS staff and our members. A wonderful evening was enjoyed by our members, the young women, their caregivers and CAS staff. Our members once again did a super job of setting up, cooking and baking. It was clear that they enjoyed getting to know the young women and their caregivers who worked hard to earn their "Stay in School Awards".
Our November Raffle will once again support this very important event in 2017.
To date, we have received fifty baby hats towards our donation to Southlake. We will continue to collect January through April. Donation box, patterns and Southlake newsletters available n the community table at our monthly meetings. Last year we collected/donated 150 hats - let's beat that number this year!
UPDATE: KNITTING CHALLENGE
Thank you to the many ladies who accepted the challenge and brought to our April meeting many more baby
toques. The total number of knitted articles for our donation to Southlake this past season (Sept. 2014-April
2015) stands at 170. We surpassed our donation from last year by six. Well done.
There will be patterns and information regarding suggested places to purchase larger skeins of wool at our meeting in September. If there are members or friends of members who do not knit anymore and they wish to donate any wool they have around their home, we would gladly accept and pass it on to those who continue with this pastime.
Welcome Table Christmas Community Meal & The Aurora United Church Rise and Shine Breakfast
“Many hands make light work.” That old saying still rings true when it comes to our annual toiletry collection. With your helping hands we gathered and sorted the toiletries and then filled and tied a total of 200 gift bags. These gift bags were used as table favours at the Welcome Table Christmas Community meal and at the Aurora United Church Rise and Shine breakfast. Some of the toiletries were donated to Welcoming Arms in Aurora as well as the Aurora Food Pantry. Thank you all for your generosity!
On May 26, 2016, the committee hosted the joint York Region Children’s Aid Society / Aurora-Newmarket CFUW STAY IN SCHOOL event. It was held in Newmarket at Trinity United Church. Our club, through the committee and our executive, awarded 19 young wards of the agency. The young women were recognized for their effort in high school for the school year and four of them for their academic success as well. It was really heartwarming to see the pride and gratefulness exhibited by the young ladies present. Each girl went home with a gift card, a personalized diploma, an attractive jar full of goodies and there were individual photos presented afterwards. We were also able to honour the recipient of our club’s annual CAS award that goes to a former ward who is transitioning out of care: Piya Aryasinge! Many thanks go to our 25 members who contributed food and drink, and about 17 members who attended and helped out, the committee for their support (and food!), and especially to Carolynn Schiller for her enthusiastic and creative inspiration and photograph. Jan Jones deserves a shout-out for her efficient organizing abilities. Even without a number of the awardees attending, it was a marvellous second annual celebratory event!! We look forward to the even bigger and better third annual experience next spring.
CFUW Aurora/Newmarket Members Put On the Spread.
Jan Jones, CAS volunteer and Carolynn Schiller prepare for the Stay In School event