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United Way announces 2010 Youth Spirit Award Winners

February 1, 2011

MISSISSAUGA — Emptying her piggy bank to buy lollipops for her classmates is how one generous kindergarten student showed her support for United Way. The students at Fernforest Public school who organized the lollipop sale are one of several groups of young people who received a United Way Youth Spirit award this year. The award honours children and youth who demonstrate fun and creativity while raising funds for United Way.

The Youth Spirit Award program is an initiative of United Way’s Young Leaders Council (YLC), a group of young adults focused on creating a legacy of giving and volunteerism that will strengthen our community.

"As the Chair of the Young Leaders Council, I’d like to congratulate all the Youth Spirit Award winners,” says YLC Chair Monika Platek. “It makes me so proud to see the true essence of community spirit in these young people. The future is bright because we have such passionate young volunteers to draw inspiration from.”

Youth-led campaigns across Peel raised a total of $10,547.89 for United Way this year. The awards will be presented over the next few weeks at the schools of the winners.

The following youth-led campaigns received Spirit Awards:

Leading Edge
This award is presented to the group that demonstrates the most innovative use of media throughout their fundraising campaign.

Winner: Fernforest Falcons of Fernforest Public SchoolThe Fernforest Falcons of Fernforest Public School raised $1,565.95 through a variety of events including lollipop sales and crazy hat day. The students created engaging and exciting posters and banners and delivered enthusiastic announcements promoting events and spreading awareness of how United Way helps our community.

Biggest Bucks Award
This award is presented to the group that raised the most money.

Secondary and Post Secondary Winner: University of Toronto at Mississauga (UTM) Music Club
The UTM Music Club raised a total of $1,020.90 by selling tickets to a multicultural concert and dinner buffet. The students organized, advertised and performed the concert which included a variety of cultural pieces reflective of our diverse community.

Elementary and Middle School Winner: White Oaks Public School Outreach Club
The White Oaks Public School Outreach Club in Mississauga raised $3,163.34 through their “United for the Holidays” gift extravaganza. Students from grades 3 to 5 sold crafts at a school-wide craft show.

Uniquely Yours Award
This award is presented to the secondary or post-secondary group that holds the most creative and unique special event(s).

Winner: Port Credit Secondary School - Synergy
Port Credit Secondary School - Synergy raised $1,004.00 and increased awareness about United Way through a “Head Shaving” event. The student group convinced three popular teachers to shave their heads and then collected pledges, donations and fees to attend the event.

Helping Hands Award
This award is presented to students who engage the most participants in an event that focuses on community issues. Planning of this event should demonstrate extraordinary teamwork.

Secondary School Winner: Bramalea Secondary School – Student Council
Bramalea Secondary School Student Council fostered a sense of community and teamwork while raising $1,010 for United Way. Fundraising events included a school-wide candy gram, bake sales and craft sales, scavenger hunts and a “Wear your ugly holiday sweater day.” Advertising for all events included messaging on how United Way helps our community.

Elementary and Middle School: Roberta Bondar Public School – Student Parliament
Roberta Bondar Public School Student Parliament involved the entire student body in raising $800. Events included Change for Change and the Bondar Bazaar which focused on reducing our landfills by recycling gently used items.

About the Awards
A group of Sheridan College students and recent graduates created one-of-a-kind art pieces for the winners of this year’s Youth Spirit Awards. The artists are Claire Anderson, Melanie Billark, Janet Cox, Alyssa Getz, Jordan McDonald and Andrew Wardlaw.

Media Contact:
Liz Leake
Communications and Marketing Director
905-602-3624 lleake@unitedwaypeel.org