Fort Saskatchewan Christian students are raising money to build a playground in the Ukraine.

The Grade 3 students took on the fundraising project with the goal of improving the lives of children in the village of Prostore, Ukraine.

While the study of Ukraine culture and geography is part of the Grade 3 social studies curriculum throughout the province, Fort Christian teacher Brenda Mueller had a personal connection to offer her students.

Her cousin recently toured an orphanage-turned-school, built by her husband’s great grandfather while visiting the small village in the Ukraine. While the school was found to be quaint and tidy, it lacked a proper playground.

“She showed me a photo of the school,” said Mueller. “Their playground was little more than concrete and rebar. I was struck by the contrast between their small, basic playground and the brand new one that our students were enjoying.”

The Grade 3 teacher then starting sharing photos and the story of Prostore to her students as part of their social studies lesson. As a class they decided to start fundraising to build a playground for the children of this Ukrainian village.

“I think it’s important to raise money for Prostore,” said Grade 3 student, Grace. “We want to help others so they can enjoy recess like we do here in Canada.”

To date they have raised roughly $2500. It is estimated the playground could cost $20,000.

“The Prostore school’s been eager to share their stories and first-hand knowledge about their country,” added Mueller. “As a result, students are connecting with the culture and geography of Ukraine in a new way. We’ve made a connection beyond the curriculum, and the students are gaining a real perspective of what it’s like to help people around the world.”

To make a donation or for more information contact Fort Saskatchewan Christian at 780-998-7044.

Photo supplied: Fort Saskatchewan Christian Grade 3 teacher, Brenda Mueller with students.