In the Elementary, we would like to thank Mike Mural who contributed generously with his Grade 3 students during his Movember campaign.
We would also like to thank Audrey Brown and Sangeeta Nanwani who coordinated the creation of greeting cards by their Grade 3 students for the 87 children in Kodomonosono and Kofu Kodomoen, as well as Angela Coutts, Grade 3 parents and students who made nine Gingerbread houses, which were much admired on the day and brought to the homes of the two orphanages, Hakujuso, the Old People's home, and also the Kunmoin School for the Blind.
The cafeteria was transformed into a festive venue thanks to the decorations made by our Van der Poel team, and the table (LED) candle decorations beautifully crafted by Misako Orihara and her Origami club members were a great addition to the joyful atmosphere.
The party itself went very well thanks to our HS Principal John Snowball's opening speech followed by a full entertainment program that included performances by the children of the two homes, two magicians and our YIS performers: two members of our YIS Jazz Combo, and, last but not least, the HS Choir directed by Sarah MacDonald who came especially for the occasion.
Our deep thanks also go to our office staff and janitors who have helped in many ways and to all members of the communications department for publicizing the event.
Finally, we would like to recognize the work of our Van der Poel students who worked collaboratively during the fundraising campaign and on the day to complete all preparations in record time and showed an excellent attitude from beginning till the end of the party with the inevitable cleaning up. Most of all, they had a great time mingling with the children and we are very happy this was made possible.
One more time, we would like to sincerely thank the YIS community for the tremendous support given towards this event and for contributing to long-lasting bonds between our communities.
Van der Poel Community Service supervisors