A group of students from I.V. Macklin School in Grande Prairie will be slinging hot cocoa for the Stollery Children’s Hospital as part of the “Cocoa For Kids” fundraiser.

The fundraiser will take place over two weekends, at the Canadian Tire on November 2nd and 3rd, and at the Crosslink Centre on November 16th and 17th, with all the proceeds going to the Stollery.

“We just thought a lot of people like Hot Chocolate, and when we sell it it’s going to be around that Christmas time [of the year],” says student Sarah Watts.

Instructor Heather Patrick says Watts, along with her 60 plus classmates are heavily involved in the build-up, and she couldn’t be prouder of what they’re accomplishing.

“We have around 65 students that are working on this project,” she says.

“Some are helping to build stands to sell the hot chocolate, some are learning about cost and profit, [while] other groups are writing personal stories and experiences their own families have gone through with the Stollery Hospital,” she adds.

Patrick says she hopes the idea will catch on going forward, and thinks the lessons the students will learn from this kind of project can be life-altering.

“We feel it’s really important that if kids know how to fundraise, they can be more empowered and they will want to do so in their futures as well.”

The students have set the “Cocoa for Kids” goal at $2,500.