Submitted by NAEC | Nov 10, 2011

On October 31, 11 students from North Addington Education Centre canvassed the community in their costumes; not for candy or treats, but for non-perishable food items.

At least two students were stationed in each community: Flinton, Northbrook, and Cloyne. The response was overwhelming. Most people had a stack of food, and were not reluctant to contribute to the community. Throughout the collection process, students were asked to perform tricks, and they sang, danced, and recited poetry. There was a pick up location in each community, as the food was collected on Halloween night. The event and pick up were supervised by a staff member.

“It’s such a great idea. It’s incredible to see the kids out there supporting their community and having fun, and it makes it a lot easier for people to donate when the food is picked up at your front door. I hope this program continues”, says Cheryl Hartwick, a community member who graciously told many people about the campaign.

In total, students collected 431 items, which will help the food bank through the winter season. Kendra Wilson was excited to share that she’d definitely be doing this again next year. Students visited the food bank to see the stocked shelves and the effects of their actions. Taylor Salmond said, “I got a warm feeling when I saw all of that food. I can’t believe we helped do that”. Salmond also suggested that students dress up as soup cans next year, so the community knows right away who they are, and collaboration with staff has already taken place to make these costumes for next year.

John Mooney, the vice-principal of NAEC, was excited to show his support for the event: “North Addington is a part of the community and we are so appreciative of this partnership because it allows us to support the food bank. I am extremely proud of our students and grateful for the support our students have received”.

On November 16, the Northern Highlights Craft Show will be taking place at NAEC. Staff and students are participating in the ‘Empty Bowls’ project. Between 3-6pm, soup will be sold and the proceeds will be donated to the local food bank. Students in the art class have created bowls that the soup will be served in. For a minimum donation of $5, you can enjoy dinner, take home the bowl, and support the food bank!

While this event helped stock the shelves, the winter and holiday seasons are a busy time for the food bank. An attempt was made to go to as many houses as possible, but if your donation was missed, please call North Addington at 613-336-8991 and ask for Ms. Bovard; we will pick up your donation. For those requiring assistance, please contact Land O’ Lakes Community Services at 613-336-8934. Those wishing to donate food, please call Karen Anderson at 613-336-8934 (leave a message if there is no answer).

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