Members of the Boissevain-Morton Community Foundation met with students at Boissevain School on Friday to explain what the foundation was and how it helps the community.

Several board members met with Grade 6 students to outline day to day operations of the foundation and to get the students involved in what it takes to decide where funding should go in the community.

Helen Deacon, a retired school teacher, is a second year board member and she called the exercise a productive one for both the foundation and the students. “Grade 6 was suggested by Endow Manitoba so there are other foundations across Manitoba doing similar activities.”

Board members brainstormed with the class about the kinds of things they would like to see happen in Boissevain-Morton.

“They made posters of their ideas and they had some terrific ideas. Many of them are sports related such as a new sports complex to a stadium for football, more ball diamonds and things like that. There were some good ones in the arts area like a dance studio and also a skate park.”

Deacon added the students didn’t know much about the foundation so she found the information session rewarding and productive. She said students were familiar with some of the foundation signs where funding had been used on projects.

“I think now they will be much more aware and they will realize these things are available through the foundation and they might be more apt to take a role in the foundation when they are old enough and able to do so.”

Students also heard from a Youth in Philanthropy group at the school. That organization receives funds from the foundation each year and does its own granting to community groups and projects. It’s a program aimed at teaching students the importance of giving back to your community.

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