Hygiene Packages Enrich Student and School Health

Last month, Opaskwayak students in junior high and high school received hygiene packages filled with shampoo, body wash, a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, lotion and menstrual products.

“The thought was to provide some much-needed relief of the cost of purchasing hygiene products and to help enhance our health and physical education program,” said Ron Constant, principal at Oscar Lathlin Collegiate.

Teachers at Joe A. Ross School and Oscar Lathlin Collegiate spent part of their day putting the packages together for every student in Grades 6-12 with help from the high school Life Skills class taught by Joanne Young.

Oscar Lathlin Collegiate's Life Skills class puts together hygiene packages in the gymnasium.
Oscar Lathlin Collegiate's Life Skills class helps unpack, sort and bag the hygiene packages for Grades 6-12 students.

“The students had a sense of pride in offering their help,” said Young.

Young says that putting the packages together helped her students engage with other students and encouraged them to volunteer, be team players and help their school community.

The packages were funded by the Government of Manitoba. The funding Opaskwayak Education Services (OES) received was also used to purchase hand dryers to help Oscar Lathlin Collegiate reduce its carbon footprint.

If funding should become available again, Constant hopes to purchase air purifiers for every classroom and provide students with more hygiene packages. He says that opportunities like this teach students about humility and putting the needs of other first.