Sherwood Park, A.B. — Students and staff throughout Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) are getting into the holiday spirit by supporting local charities. Schools across the Division are collecting items such as cereal, juice, non-perishable food, outerwear, socks, clothing, and presents to donate to the Strathcona Food Bank Association, Strathcona Christmas Bureau, Lamont County Food Bank, Fort Saskatchewan Food Gatherers Society, Bissell Centre, Mustard Seed, Hope Mission, and more.

“Our staff and students have embraced the ultimate holiday spirit,” says Trina Boymook, the Board Chair at EIPS. “They have rallied together and collected an overwhelming amount of needed food, clothing, and toys for our local communities. Every item collected will make a difference and be used to help someone in our community who is struggling to make ends meet.”

Many schools will be collecting donations items up until December 18. To learn more, or to donate, contact your local school. In addition to donations, a series of holiday festivities are being planned Division wide. Some of the activities include:

  • On December 16, Lakeland Ridge will host a Christmas Festival, a free and fun-filled event for students and families. Students will sing Christmas carols, make seasonal crafts, decorate Christmas treats, and more. 
  • On December 7-9, Salisbury Composite High presents A Christmas Carol. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $12 each. Students are also performing in the school’s Winter Music Concert on December 16. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and admission is free. 
  • On December 9, Pine Street Elementary hosts An Old Fashioned Christmas, which is an evening of Christmas music at The Park Church. Students will perform a variety of Christmas songs. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. 
  • Fort Saskatchewan Elementary is planning a Kindergarten concert on December 10 at 5:30 p.m. And, on December 17 at 6 p.m., the school will host its Winter Wonderland Express for students and families in grades 1-6. Families will “choo choo” from room-to-room participating in a variety of Christmas activities such as cookie decorating, school caroling, games, and drama performances.

“Staff and students have been working on these holiday celebrations for weeks now and are thrilled to be able to share them with the school community,” says Boymook. “It’s guaranteed to be fun for the whole family.”

For the complete list of holiday festivities download the full news release. If you’re interested in attending, please contact your school for more information.

From everyone at EIPS, we wish all of you a joyful holiday season and a happy New Year.

EIPS is one of Alberta’s largest school divisions, serving approximately 16,900 students in 42 schools. We are proud to be an integral part of our communities, including Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Strathcona and Lamont counties, and the western portion of the County of Minburn.

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For more information please contact:
Karen Baranec, Director, Communication Services 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902

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