Junior School Students Raise Funds for Hope & Cope

Last summer three students from Miss Edgar’s and Miss Cramp’s School (ECS) raised the tidy sum of $1,000 which they donated to Hope & Cope last November. The gesture is a reflection of the school’s values and highlights one of its unique programs: the Entrepreneurial Platform.

“This is truly a student-centered learning environment,” says Sharleen Casement, the school’s Junior School Director. “We’re founded on a clear mission and values. And they aren’t just words on paper. We live them in our day-to-day because we’re focused on the development of the student as a whole person.”

The primary focus at the school is fostering curiosity, discovery and academic excellence, not just academic grades. Teachers prioritize growth and progress in a safe environment where making mistakes is part of the learning process.

ECS maintains a rigorous academic experience centred around what students know, can do, and explain. However, recognizing and celebrating progress is just as important. So, phrases like “not yet” or “j’y travaille” are commonplace.

A Unique Entrepreneurship Program

ECS’s Entrepreneurship Platform (EP) starts in kindergarten through Grade 11. The EP is integrated into the students’ weekly schedule, ensuring they have time and space to take on projects they care about.

Students are guided to recognize problems as opportunities where they can design, create and innovate. This approach provides them with real learning experiences where they take risks and cultivate adaptability and persistence.

These are current examples of Entrepreneurial endeavours:

  • A group of students interned as volunteers with a local literacy program. The students filmed themselves reading stories to children who have limited access to books.
  • A Grade 3 class embarked on a product conceptualization process, ideating, designing, and prototyping trending fidget toys.
  • The school hosts its annual “ECS Shark Tank” where students have the opportunity pitch service-based business ideas to real Entrepreneur Sharks. Over the last two year’s editions, four winning teams secured seed money, and are advancing to the next phases of their businesses. (One of the students—in Grade 6—will be collaborating with Annie Werbitt, Hope & Cope’s Radiation Oncology Support Program Coordinator, with her food support service.)
  • This year, one of the ECS Senior School students will be presenting at TEDx Ville-Marie: Tame the Unpredictable. Other students will attend to understand the workings of the event. Their plan is to put on their own version of TED Talks: ECS Talks.

In their projects, students can take on distinct roles such as product development, website design or communications. They learn to collaborate and take ownership of their projects.

This approach helps develop confidence and resilience, particularly in dealing with setbacks. The program’s flexibility also allows students to pursue personal passions and ideas to expand their learning experience.

And organizations like Hope & Cope can benefit from these efforts.

The Hope & Cope Project

Rick Simoneau, Ariella, May, and Tori

A small group of students created the fundraising effort for Hope & Cope. Ariella heard her grandmother explain what Hope & Cope does and got the idea of creating a lemonade stand to raise funds.

She enrolled her two friends, in Grade 5, her sister Fallon and her friend, both in Grade 3. Together, they pursued an idea that mattered to them, developed it into a small business, created marketing material, selected inventory, and launched their stand.

Their project combined the spirit and teachings of the Entrepreneurial Program and ECS’ Motto “Non nobis sed urbi et orbi” which translates to, “Not for ourselves alone, but for the city and the world.”

“Our Founders believed in the importance of community involvement,” says Sharleen. “Our students from grades seven to eleven carry that tradition forward by completing community service hours.”

This student-led initiative underscores the school’s philosophy of encouraging students to think beyond the classroom and make a tangible difference in their communities.

“It was such an honour to spend time with Ariella and her classmates at ECS, and get a better understanding of the EP’s philosophy,” says Rick Simoneau, Hope & Cope’s executive director. “We are most grateful for their generous contribution of $1,000. It is truly emblematic of ECS’s motto and Hope & Cope’s long-standing value of empathy.”

Schooling at ECS goes beyond just academics. It’s all about shaping students into well-rounded individuals who make positive impacts in the world.

“We have very confident students because they feel empowered to do great things and they trust that we are there to support them,” says Sharleen. “Our students are growing into amazing human beings and we’re very proud of that.”

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