A group of students from one Winnipeg high school used a math class to go above and beyond and provide support to those in need. 

During a regular grade nine math class, students were given the task of creating a rectangular prism box out of one sheet of paper. The scenario used in the assignment was to create a relief kit box that could fit a large amount of products.

"This practical application of math led to a conversation about actually sending relief kits, ultimately sparking the fundraising initiative," said St. Johns High School Grade 9 to 12 math teacher, Anna Bshouty to the Winnipeg School Division.  

The students hosted a bake sale and over three days, managed to raise $1,160. They then used the funds to create hygiene kits for the Mennonite Central Committee. 

"There are many wars around the world, and our Grade 9 students wanted to make an impact," said Grade 9 student, Harriet Adigue. "I felt helpful knowing that even the smallest act could lead to the biggest impacts."

Using the money raised from the bake sale, the students purchased toothbrushes, combs, nail clippers, soap bars and hand towels. They then packed those items into hand-sewn bags to be donated to MCC.

"It's truly inspiring that these students have not only fundraised but also assembled these kits, which will be sent to at least a dozen countries this year, making a huge difference in the lives of those in need," said MCC's Material Resources Engagement Coordinator, Sophia Kutsiuruba. "The students’ hard work and compassion will provide essential hygiene supplies to hundreds of displaced people globally. Their actions show that anyone at any age can make a positive change in the world."

The grade nine students managed to pack and donate 300 bags.