Friday, May 7, 2010

Our Village

The other night our elementary school held a family fundraiser. I won't even start with the sorry state of public education funding in our province, and our school district in particular. Nope. Instead I'm going to focus on the positive. The incredibly hard work and dedication of a small group of parents and teachers who made this event so fantastic.

It was a "Celebrate Your Culture" night. Families were invited to bring small taster food items from their country of origin, or ancestry, to share. Students were encouraged to play music, dance or sing as well. Major success! For $1 per taste, you could sample Japanese Sushi, Chinese friend rice, Mexican tostadas, English scones with clotted cream, Ukrainian perogies, Swedish meatballs, Dutch pannekoeken (with chocolate sprinkles of course....hmmm, wonder who brought those?), African chicken, South African sausage rolls, Korean bbq, Iranian rosewater rice pudding, Italian tiramisu, Filipino spring rolls, American apple pie an a whole lot more. Yummmmmmmm!!!

In addition to the incredible food, there was a silent auction. Each class room had painted a platter with a local 'paint your own pottery' place. They were all beautiful, but my son's graduating seventh grade class really outdid themselves. I could not resist.

village platter

Many of the teachers chose a quote as the theme for their class platter...like this African proverb we all know so well that "It takes a village to raise a child". Another one I loved was "Art washes away the dust of everyday life." The fun part of owning this piece of art is that each of my son's classmates drew their own home, many of which he has visited.

village platter detail

That's our little blue cottage up there on the right!

village platter detail2

They did such a good job. No word on the final totals yet, but I'm sure we raised heaps of money towards library books, phys. ed. equipment, computers, teacher classroom allowances and many other necessities for school.

Continuing the community spirit, tomorrow is Mom's Creative Day. It's a retreat I started last year for moms from school to spend a day together sewing, knitting, scrap booking, sorting their children's art, painting...you name it, we do it. What a great way to celebrate our talents on Mother's Day!

I hope you all enjoy Sunday and get some time for yourself to create, or watch your children do the dishes for you. Wouldn't that be a gift?!

16 comments:

Krista said...

I think that's one of the best student-made auction pieces I've ever seen! How cool that you won it.

All I've asked for on Sunday is some hugs and peaceful behavior from the big kids, but I should throw some crafting time into the mix! Have a fun weekend!

West Side of Straight said...

That is the best plate made EVER! I love it. Happy Mother's Day and Weekend!

Judi said...

What wonderful ideas! I hope you raised a lot of funds! We are in the same boat in our city.

Heidi said...

I am SO in love with that plate!! They did an amazing job!

floribunda... aka Julie said...

Absolutely wonderful! My youngest brother and his brood of 4 are moving to Vancouver BC at the end of the current school term (they're in Seattle now)and I hope they end up in your school!

Mrs Moen said...

That is the coolest platter ever; I would never even try to resist buying it if I had the chance!

paulette said...

I LOVE this dish!! I am so glad that you scored!! What a wonderful keepsake that your son will treasure when he is older...and wouldn't it make a wonderful quilt!! Inspiration right in front of you!!
Have a wonderful weekend and Mother's Day!!
Paulette

Alice R. said...

Wow! That platter is amazing! If it were not for the child labor thing, we could put that class to work and solve the whole problem!

Jamie said...

That is a fantastic plate! I'm impressed! I love your idea for Mom's Creative Day. That sounds like something I need to start here! =)

Emma Kate said...

That platter is gorgeous. This whole blog is wonderful. School is so important for children and I think sometimes although this is remembered the equipment, skills, money and commitment needed to make a great school is, it is always wonderful to hear about schools that put so much into their children x

alobsiger said...

Ooooh, the platter is GORGEOUS! And what a great memento! Have a very happy Mother's Day!

carol said...

That platter is to die for and I'm so happy you won it. I want to copy it for a quilt.....even that would be marvelous, but when you think that the kids painted the platter themselves, it truly is a treasure.

Skiffer said...

That platter is just amazing! I'm loving the red apartment building with the balconies hanging off the side. Children are so creative - no two are the same, and nor are their houses. What a lovely memory of T's years at this school. Lucky you.

Have a great time at Mom's day. Rebecca

Dianne said...

What a fab plate Krista!! Great job grade seven kids!! I agree with the other ladies about it being inspiration for a quilt - especially with the lovely fabrics you collect. HMD to every Mom out there!!

Micki said...

That is truly a work of art. You are so lucky to have gotten it!
Micki

susan said...

oh my oh my! the food sounds delish!! i wish i was there. your sons platter is beyond awesome. that is such a clever idea and that is one of my fave quotes. so happy for you to win it. i am a sucker for a silent auction