Last year we collected over 8000 bags and sent them on to Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Baord where they were woven into mats for eboli victims by high school students. These mats last for up to 20 years and repel insects and scorpions. This year the students at St. Patrick decided to make their own mats. So far we have collected over 10,000 milkbags. We estimate we use about 100 bags to make one child size mat. We hope to make 100 mats by the end of June. We have 10 frames, one for each classroom, which students helped to build out of wood. Gr. 7/8 students have taken a lead role in the weaving process and demonstrations. They are also responsible for completing and teaching others how to finish the mats by braiding the ends. These mats will be sent to Toronto where the Canadian Food for Children Foundation will use them as packing material to ship food and supplies to countries such as Africa and South America. They will be distributed to families along with the food and supplies to improve their quality of life by providing mats to sleep on for many years to come.
Our school is excited about this initiative. With a little work from all of us, we are helping to improve the lives of others.