›› Kate Wallace

The winter holidays can be a daunting time of year, but George Jay families had it a bit easier this year thanks to our amazing donors and volunteers.

George Jay’s Holiday Emporium was a huge success thanks to Glad Tidings, ­Central Baptist, and our supportive ­community members, all of whom donated items and volunteered time – and also enjoyed lunches courtesy of Fat Daddy’s and our teachers. All money raised went back into the school, making this a great event.

We also collected enough to donate thirty-nine food hampers and nine toy bags for school families. Thanks to Mount Doug for their “Fill the Foyer” fundraiser! More thanks go out to Monterey School, BodyDynamics, the Ministry of Finance, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Victoria Symphony, LifePlan Financial, Royal Roads University, Cedar Hill Rec Centre, and the staff and parents of George Jay. You’re all so generous!

Finally, our Christmas Concert was one of the most wonderful and well-attended events ever seen at our school—all due to the amazing work of teacher Ms. Shum. Plus, all of our Grade 4 and 5 classes are now ­taking ­ukulele classes (thanks John Shields for donating books & instruments), and to volunteers Bonnie Smith and Heidi Hoshal for helping to make it happen. We are so grateful to have donors and volunteers like these.