Jane N. Douglas
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From: Thursday, January 21, 2016 2:35 PM -0500
Subject:Sugar Plum Ball helping students support each other
'Holding On' provides hope and encouragement. This unique project that helps students help each other recently received $2,800 from the Sugar Plum Ball, a wonderful and magical lovely evening out for girls at any age and their Dad (or Grandpa, or Uncle, step-dad, mentor...) to celebrate their love and connection, all while giving back to the community. In May of each year, fathers and daughters gather for an evening that includes a silent auction, treats and dancing. For six years this Kingston event gives back to its community through the proceeds raised during the evening.

The LLF and the students who benefit from "Holding On" kindly thank the Sugar Plum Ball for their donation.

"Holidng On" nurtures empathy and character in students. This program connects grieving students with their larger school community. When a child loses a loved one they will be presented an age-appropriate keepsake and a note from another child who has lost someone dear to them.  

These items include clay heart pendants, pocket reminders, and stuffed bears, which represent sympathy, empathy, and support of the greater school community. It will also provide hope and encouragement when a child needs it most.

Students in the LINKS program sew the small stuffed animals while secondary students of an anxiety-support group at Granite Ridge Education Centre make the clay pendants. “Holding On” is coordinated through the Limestone District School Board’s Educational Services staff members Cindi Scott, an adolescent care-worker, and Leah Carey, a student support counsellor.

The Limestone Learning Foundation granted $1,267.50 through the Churchill Foundation to support this project.