9:30 a.m., May 9)
Peter students answer the bell once again, collect 40,000
items for the food bank
By Fred Sherwin
Students from St. Peter High School drop off
cans of food at the Orléans-Cumberland
Community Resource Centre food bank marking
the end of their annual food drive. This year
the students managed to collect over 40,000
food item. Fred Sherwn/Photo
St. Peter High School in Orléans earned a collective
A+ in generosity on Thursday as they delivered nearly
40,000 items to the Orléans-Cumberland food bank
collected over the past three weeks.
annual food drive is a godsend for the food bank which
will use the items to stock their shelves for the next
is vital for the food bank," says food bank coordinator
Nicole Perras. "In the summer months donations go
down because people are away on vacation or at the cottage,
and then school starts and people are busy and have other
expenses. So these donations will keep us going right
up until the end of November, beginning of December when
we start are holiday food drive. Without this initiative
by the students at St. Petes, we wouldn't exist."
important message isn't lost on the kids, who come through
year after year with tens of thousands of canned goods
and other nonperishable items. With approximately 2,000
students enrolled at the school, each student had to collect
an average of 20 items each to reach the 40,000 total.
Peter High School principal Norma MacDonald says the school
emphasizes the importance of the food drive through school
announcements and letters sent home to parents.
of the students actually gave up their Saturday last weekend
to go and stand in front of grocery stores to collect
food items. They've given up their evenings to do this
and we have busy children in this area who do various
extracurricular activities so I think that speaks volumes,"
says MacDonald. "Every year we do this and every
year I'm amazed by the commitment and generosity shown
by our students and their parents."
year's Canley Cup, handed out to the homeroom that collects
the most food items, went to Mr. Butler's homeroom which
collected 2,957 items.
most of the 40,000 cans were delivered to the food bank
in school buses and a truck donated by the Paul Rushforth
Real Estate Team, the Grade 7s and 8s delivered cans in
person as they walked the 3.5 kms to the food bank and
back in what has become an annual tradition.
school also held a BBQ at the lunch hour, with the proceeds
going to the food bank, followed by the Canley Caberet
in which members of the staff perform skits for the students.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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