NIPIGON – HEALTH – Mrs. Kim Mannila, teacher at Nipigon-Red Rock District High School and one of her students, Brooke McLeod, were honoured to donate 112 chemo bags to the Thunder Bay Regional Cancer Clinic in memory of a staff member, and Brooke’s mother, Cheryl McLeod, who lost a short battle with cancer in February 2015.
Students in Mrs. Mannila’s Grade 11 Understanding Fashion class spent 3 weeks cutting and sewing chemo bags which are used by patients at the Regional Cancer Clinic. The class became aware of the need for the chemo bags when Brooke’s mother was going through treatment and noticed the Cancer Clinic was running low of them. This was a difficult project for the class as it was personal to many involved. The late Ms. McLeod was a teacher at Nip-Rock High for 14 years and had taught many of the students sewing the chemo bags. Hopefully this project inspires others to use their skills or time to share with those who may need extra support in their lives.
Every year, Mrs. Mannila has her students choose a community project to sew and donate to the local communities in an effort to teach her students the importance of being global citizens. “Giving back to our communities helps students understand that our learning in the classroom extends beyond the walls of our school. We can make an impact in someone’s life simply by using our talent and skills,” states Mrs. Mannila.