Mackenzie Community School (MCS) students and staff participate in many fundraisers throughout the school year to supplement student costs for school trips, and to support charities. Click here to read about some of our fundraising activities at MCS this year.

Free the Children (Me to We)

Mackenzie's elementary classes are raising funds again in 2014/2015 for Free the Children and their partner organizations, Me to We and We Day. Free the Children is an international charity and educational partner that works in partnership with schools to educate, engage and empower youth to become active local and global citizens. Through a holistic and sustainable development model - Adopt a Village - Free the Children works to remove barriers to education and to empower communities to break the cycle of poverty.

On April 1, 2015 MCS students participated in National We Day at Canadian Tire Place in Kanata. The day-long celebration of efforts at global and local positive change included motivational speakers, recording artists, actors, authors, artists and activists.   

Interact Club

Interact is a student-run club in conjunction with the Rotary Club. A Rotary member is present at all meetings and the Interact Club is responsible to the Rotary organization.

Our fundraisers include the always popular Florida Citrus Sale, and the Pasta Dinner held at the MCS cafeteria. Both events run in the fall. Watch for information on the website and in the local newspaper.  

Cut for the Cure

In 2004, Mackenzie lost one of its secondary students to cancer. A year later, that student was the inspiration for Cut for the Cure, a year long event in which Mackenzie staff and students grew their hair in anticipation of Cut Day, raising money along the way for cancer research and donating money and locks to Angel Hair for Kids. Choose Hope became the motto of the event.

In the 2013/2014 school year, MCS renewed its commitment to this worthy cause, and shaggy hair and lengthy locks were again the order of the day. The school, with the help of the wider community, raised roughly $22,000, and sent 120 feet of hair to Wigs for Kids and Angel Hair for Kids, two agencies that supply wigs to children undergoing chemotherapy.

Cut Day 2014 was an event that truly embodied the MCS spirit of community where, in the words of one of the staff "Mackenzie came together to honour their past, embrace our present, and to choose hope." To read more about Cut Day 2014 in the May 2014 newsletter, click here.