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Fort McMurray Wildfire

Thank you to all for your contributions to our Fort McMurray Charitable Campaign. With your help through our popcorn and yogurt sales as well as the games at the fun fair, we were able to raise over $700 to go to the Canadian Red Cross to provide aid to those affected by this tragic event.  We are happy that this contribution with be doubled by the Canadian government and hope it is helpful to those in need.

This tragedy has come very close to home for us at Westminster. One of our former families left us last year to go live in Fort McMurray and were caught in this difficult event. They have now come back to rejoin our Westminster family. We welcome back Anaya and her family. 

Below are some pictures that they took as they were leaving the city and her description of what she saw....

“Hello, my name is Anaya. I am in Grade 3. I lived in Fort  McMurray, Alberta where the fire was. My school and condo were very close to the area where the out of control fire was. I wish it had never happened. My dad picked me up from school at 1:29 p.m. at 1:40 p.m. Beacon Hill was gone, it had burnt down.

I was at school and one of my friends said “Oh no!! Look outside it’s so red!!” I didn’t believe it. I was going to see if it was true but the teacher told me to sit back down. The phone rang and my friend told me she had to evacuate. Then three more of my friends left and then it was me who had to leave.

My dad and I went to the car and left school. My mom and I packed as many things as we could at home while my dad was filling the car with gas before the line got long. I forgot all of my books and homework, pictures, toys but not my clothes. 

Battling the traffic was hard because everyone was trying to escape. When we left, flames of the fire were 100ft high and the Fort Mac sign was burning. The community got together and helped the people of Fort Mac. At 6:00 p.m. all 4 of us arrived in Edmonton. We had no suitcases just luggage it was 10:00 p.m. We went home to my grandparents in Toronto ON where I lived before. 

One month later evacuees started returning back home to Fort McMurray. My Dad is going back to see what is left of our home. 

The staff and students at Westminster Public School heard about the devastation at Fort Mac and wanted to do whatever they could to help out so they organized a fundraiser and did announcements to raise awareness. They sold popcorn and frozen yogurt to raise money to help the people back home. 

Thank you for all your help Westminster!!” 
By Anaya L-P Gr. 3C

We're happy to have you back Anaya!


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