The Steps of Kindness group of kids pose before starting their Calgary Tower stair climb

Steps of Kindness to feed Calgary students

The Steps of Kindness group of kids pose before starting their Calgary Tower stair climb

Tyler Weninger is devoted to his city. Now in grade 7, he continues to do everything in his power to raise money to feed hungry kids in Calgary.

On May 3, he and a group of friends climbed the Calgary Tower to raise money for Wood’s Homes Breakfast Program at the Children’s Village School. For the past two years, Tyler has raised money to feed hungry kids with the hope one day no child will go to school hungry.

“For the past year, I’ve been shoveling and doing bottle drives, small things like that,” Tyler says. “It didn’t really amount to much. So I thought if I got other kids involved it would amount to more and it did.”

The Children’s Village School is a CBE school partnered with Wood’s Homes to provide education to kids from kindergarten to Grade 6 who’ve experienced difficulty in school. A hot breakfast program was created for the approximately 60 kids who come from across the city to attend the school.

Craig McLeod, left, poses with Tyler Weninger after his stair climb. The "Way to Go Tyler" sign was made by children at the Children's Village School who will be helped by his fundraising efforts.
Craig McLeod, left, poses with Tyler Weninger after his stair climb. The “Way to Go Tyler” sign was made by children at the Children’s Village School who will be helped by his fundraising efforts.

“They don’t have to worry about being hungry so this can enrich their learning as best as we can,” says Program Manager Craig McLeod.

When Craig heard about Tyler’s dedication to feeding hungry kids, he was amazed. “The ability to think outside yourself and give to others is magnificent for a young chap like him. Then, to enlist friends to get on board with him and to believe in that cause themselves is fantastic.”

The group of kids and their families climbed all 802 steps, raising over $4,500 for the breakfast program. When combined with Tyler’s shoveling and bottle drives, it’s just short of the $8,000 needed to feed all children at the Children’s Village School.

“He wanted to feed the whole school for a year,” says Tyler’s dad Terry. “We didn’t get there, but we’ll keep fighting.”

Congratulations to Tyler and to all the kids and families who climbed the tower to feed Calgary’s hungry kids!

Samantha Brown is a Communications Advisor at United Way of Calgary and Area.