Grades 4 through 7 Montessori students at Queneesh Elementary School in Courtenay have spent a considerable amount of time this school year learning about and supporting the work of a local non-profit organization. A unique partnership with Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North and its ReStore has helped the children learn about everything from environmental stewardship to affordable housing.
According to Montessori teachers Terri Fullerton and Anne Buchanan, the collaboration with Habitat for Humanity VIN has been especially impactful as, coincidentally, three of four of the pre-selected homeowner families for the organization’s next development have students attending Queneesh Elementary. Habitat has purchased almost an acre of land at 1330 Lake Trail Road and plans to construct five duplexes on the property. Servicing of the land and construction will commence once The City of Courtenay has issued the rezoning and development permits.
In addition to their year-long engagement with Habitat, the Montessori students have elected to support their fellow students, and other families, by hosting a ReStore Donation Drive at their school, located at 2345 Mission Road, on Friday, May 26th. The Bryce Hansen Real Estate Team is generously supporting the event by providing the use of a moving trailer for the day.
The ReStore, located at 1755 – 13 Street, Courtenay is the social enterprise that helps enable Habitat to build homes. Donations of new and gently used items received from the general public and businesses are cleaned, sorted, priced and sold at 50-to-80% off the estimated retail value, with profits from the ReStore being invested back into our community.
“We wanted to wrap up the year by supporting Habitat’s mission to build safe and affordable housing for local families by hosting this ReStore Donation Drive,” says Buchanan. “We welcome anyone in the community to come by the school between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to drop off donations of new or gently used housewares, décor items, gardening supplies, tools, building materials, small furniture pieces and more. Items should be clean, in good repair, and saleable. Large items, such as appliances, sofas, and mattresses should be taken directly to the ReStore. Unacceptable items include food, tires, clothing, bedding, safety helmets, and baby items, to name a few. There is a complete list on Habitat’s website if you are not certain about something.”
“Our students have truly embraced our partnership with Habitat,” concludes Fullerton. “We started by participating in the national-wide Genworth Meaning of Home Writing contest. We toured and volunteered at the ReStore. Our students sold more than $4,000 in Westjet raffle tickets and helped run a concession during the Earth Day event. And, working with Habitat volunteer Doug Goodwin, we constructed a portable Eco-Learning Centre using recycled materials from the ReStore. We were so proud to display the Eco-Centre at SD71’s recent Inquiry Fair at Lake Trail School.”
Queneesh Montessori teachers and students are excited to wrap up this year’s work with Habitat with their May 26th ReStore Donation Drive saying that ‘this community collaboration has been a great way to teach our students how it feels to do good deeds for others.’
People not able to drop off items at Queneesh Elementary on May 26th are reminded that the Habitat for Humanity ReStore is open to receive donations (and for shopping) Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. You may also call the ReStore at 250-334-3784 for pick-ups.
For more information on the Queneesh Elementary School’s ReStore Donation Drive, and for a complete list of acceptable donation items, visit HabitatNorthIsland.com.
If it is clean and resalable, we will gratefully accept:
Books (not magazines & encyclopedias)
Furniture (small items)
Home & Garden
Office Supplies & Equipment
TV/Audio (LCD, Plasma & LED with remotes)
Please call to arrange pick-ups if you have:
Bed Frames and/or Mattresses
Furniture (large items)
Sorry, we are not able to accept the following items at this time.
And we can’t accept ANYTHING that is not clean and sellable.
Baby Items – Car Seats, Strollers, Cribs, Baby Gates, etc.
Chemicals – of ANY kind
Computer Equipment (Other than towers)
Food (of any kind)
Flooring or Tile < 100 Sq. Ft. unless it is quality backsplash. Hair Dryers, Curling irons, Shavers Health & Beauty Products Jetted Tubs Insulation (Used) Large Commercial-Style Office Desks Mirrors – Over 3-feet or Unframed. Paint (opened cans) Particle Board Entertainment Centres - Solid Wood OK. Pianos and Organs (unless no heavy lifting is required) Plain Skinned Doors - Interior or Bi-Fold. Safety Helmets Toilets – MUST be low flow and CLEAN Old Style Picture Tube TVs VHS Tapes Waterbed Frames and Headboards Weapons and Ammunition