Pictured: Jack Colbert. Whole School students are holding hot chocolate

Whole School holds fundraiser for Jack

Students are planning a baked goods and art sale to raise funds to support the Colbert family with Jack's travel and medical expenses.

Every year the Whole School students pick one or two issues to raise money for and support for their yearly generosity project.

This year the project involves a special family that has joined the Whole School – the Colberts.

Jack, their 20-month-old son, struggles with multiple health problems after being born with Down Syndrome. Medical costs have piled up for the family and the students decided they wanted to help.

The students are planning a hot chocolate, baked goods and art sale to raise funds to support Jack’s family with his travel and medical expenses.

“The children at the school have taken this family into their hearts and decided to support Jack and his family in his journey towards health,” said Anniah Lang, principal at the Whole School. “They felt it was integral to have a personal connection and a local context for their support.”

“Jack’s last surgery went well, but we have to wait and see if his condition continues to improve.  If not, we are looking at a future of more travel back and forth to BC Children’s Hospital, possibly more surgery and intervention,” Jillian, Jack’s mother explained.

Jillian is happy that the students at the school are interested and aware of how stressful Jack’s health issues have been for them as a family: “this is an opportunity for them to learn about Down Syndrome and see what a fabulous little guy Jack is.”

Last year the Whole School students raised funds and collected food for donation to the Slocan Valley Food Cupboard.

This year’s sale will take place at the Winlaw Park & Ride during school hours on Thursday, December 4 at 1:30 p.m.  Please join us in supporting the Colberts.

For more information contact the school at wholeschool@gmail.com or call (250) 226-7737.

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