1:30 p.m., May 10)
St. Peter students rise to the challenge yet again
By Fred Sherwin
from St. Peter High School form a human chain
to unload boxes of food at the Orléans-Cumberland
foodbank last week. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Peter High School and the Orléans-Cumberland Community
Resource Centre foodbank have enjoyed a special relationship
for nearly 20 years.
foodbank depends on the schools annual food drive
to keep its shelves stocked through the summer and into
May 4, the students at St. Peter delivered over 31,000
items to the foodbank, along with close to $2,000 in cash
donations and gift cards.
are our knights in shining armour. Without them it would
create a huge hole in our ability to serve our clients,
says foodbank coordinator Nicole Perras.
students began collecting items in mid-April and gradually
built up a wall of boxes in the school foyer that stood
over 10-feet high.
May 4, the schools Grade 7 and 8 students each took
an item and walked 2.5 km to the foodbank on Centrum Boulevard
to deliver them in what has become an annual tradition.
senior boys rugby team did most of the heavy lifting,
loading and unloading a 5-ton truck with dozens of large
competition among the students to see which home room
could collect the most items was won by Dr. Oranges
Grade 8 homeroom which collected 2,530 items. Mr. Micks
Grade 11 homeroom came in second with 2,386 items.
St. Peter principal Norma MacDonald, says she is never
ceased to be amazed by how the students have risen to
the challenge year after year.
totally engaged. They now its important to the community
and that theyre making a real difference,
says MacDonald who is moving on to Immaculata High School
next year after five years at St. Petes.
food prices so high of late, more and more people with
limited household budgets are having to depend on the
foodbank to tie them over until the next pay cheque or
social assistance payment.
all know that it is more expensive than ever to feed a
family. Because the cost of food has increased so much
it makes it harder for people to be able to feed their
families, says Perras.
half of the people who depend on the foodbank and, in
turn, the items raised by the St. Peter food drive, are
us St. Petes is crucial because thats what helps
us feed all these families and individuals through the
summer months when people are on holidays and dont
think of giving to foodbanks, says Perras.
more information about the Orléans-Cumberland Community
Resource Centre foodbank visit http://crcoc.ca/programs-services/
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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