A selfless act by a Princess Alexandra School student has resulted in a pair of badly-needed indoor soccer nets.
Marisa Carter’s birthday is on Jan. 16, a few weeks after Christmas. The Grade 7 student got everything she wanted for Christmas and decided to celebrate her birthday in an unorthodox fashion: by giving, instead of receiving.
“My mom suggested I get money from my family and friends and donate it to the school,” said the girl, who has a passion for soccer. “I saw how our old nets were all smashed up and held together with duct tape, so I decided to buy new ones.”
Using the $300 Carter had received for her birthday, the school was able to order a pair of modern and sturdy nets, a big improvement over the old ones, which are barely holding together.
Until now, students could either use the old nets or shoot at an outline on the gymnasium wall.
Carter and her friends even put the nets together on April 18 & 19 as soon as they arrived.
“I figured it would be a lot more fun to practise on new nets,” she said.
“It only took us about 45 minutes to put one together,” said Aimée Jacobs, who attended her friend’s birthday party and also donated money towards the new nets.
Plans for the old nets are still up in the air as they might be given to Diamond Jenness Secondary School or thrown out altogether.
Princess Alexandra School principal Chris Philpotts said he was completely moved when Carter asked to make the donation.
“It was a great gesture on her part and a very special thing for her to do,” he said. “The kids really appreciate the new nets. That’s the kind of student we have here at our school: wonderful people who care about each other.”
Philpotts made the announcement of the new nets at a monthly awards assembly in March. He brought Carter in front of the students, staff and parents, and talked about what she had done for the school.
— Myles Dolphin