As you may all know, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on November 8, which destroyed buildings, crops, and infrastructure across several islands, leaving thousands dead. Estimates suggest more than 9.5 million people are in need of aid across nine provinces and more than 600,000 have been forced from their homes. To support humanitarian aid for the Philippines, the Toronto Catholic District School Board is encouraging all students, teachers, and staff from Dante to participate in a Toonie Tuesday on November 19th to support relief efforts in the country. Student Council will be visiting Homeroom classes on Monday, November 18th and Tuesday November 19th to collect donations from students, teachers and staff who would like to support the humanitarian aid for the Philippines. We are asking for a $2 or more contribution from anyone who would like to participate. The money collected from our school will be sent to the Archdiocese of Toronto, and the Canadian Government has pledged to match donations made. Our hearts go out to our brothers and sisters in the Philippines, and we offer our prayers for the victims of this natural disaster and those who have been displaced from friends and family.