Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

 --- W. B. Yeats


“I am excited to announce that 5 Golding and 5 Power will be working together to help sponsor a child’s education in Piggs Peak.” With these words, Kim Golding, a teacher at Hampton Elementary School, started her students on a venture that has lit a number of fires in their young hearts.


Mme Golding and Mme Power’s decision to involve their students in a global citizen project came as the result of student interest. Their French Immersion students were inspired by the story they read in their classrooms about Craig Kielburger, a Canadian activist for the rights of children and the founder of “Free the Children”. Mme Golding says “I chose to keep it local and align ourselves with the Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership. I knew that many students were already aware of this partnership and that it was meaningful. I was thankful to have Laura Myers and Chris Rendell as presenters. This really helped bring the importance of the cause front and center.”


The grade 5 classes decided their fundraising efforts would include 3 projects.

  • October—Hike for Piggs Peak
  • November—Play it Again for Piggs Peak (donations of gently used toys for HES in-school yard sale)
  • December—Pig Cookies Bake Sale for Piggs Peak


Mmes Golding and Power asked that students contribute through donations, time and effort. These projects have and will be organized, promoted and completed by the students who will sign up for tasks that they feel equipped to handle. “We look forward to working as a team to accomplish this meaningful project”, says Mme Golding.


These two grade 5 classes have already accomplished a lot! The cost to sponsor a child’s education in Piggs Peak through the Starfish Program is $300. The students’ fundraising hike alone raised $1,138! Mme Golding tells us “I am very proud of how the students are taking ownership of this project and working collaboratively to ensure its success.”


There is more to be gained from this project than providing education and hope to young people in Swaziland. One of the greatest gifts we can give a child is the opportunity to give. Through the efforts of Mme Golding and Mme Power and the opportunity afforded by the Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership, the students at Hampton Elementary School are able to experience that special feeling that comes only from giving to others. Within our global community, they are helping other children in their neighbourhood… a neighbourhood that extends from the backyards of Hampton to the most desolate areas of Piggs Peak. In doing so, they are saving lives. How many children can say they have done that?


To make a donation or for any questions regarding the Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership, please visit our website or contact me, Mark Bettle, at 832-0003.


Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire