Candice Bovard | Oct 10, 2013

Students and staff at NAEC rose to a challenge this past week. The school learned in September that the shelves were nearly empty at the food bank. The Grade 10 Careers and Civics classes responded by organizing and promoting an elementary and secondary Thanksgiving food drive.

Elementary and secondary classes (and their teachers) competed over who could bring in the most items. Ms. Cuthill’s grade 6/7 class was the generous elementary winner, with Ms. Randle’s grade 10 English bringing in the most items in secondary.

A total of 500 items were collected. Cathy Ballar of the Land o’ Lakes Food Bank was there to accept the items, and expressed the overwhelming need that the food bank is experiencing.

Principal Angela Salmond was overwhelmed with the results. “Once again, I am proud of the North Addington community,” she remarked. “Students, staff, and families have worked together to demonstrate that when there is a need, we take care of each other.”

NAEC secondary students will be participating in the annual Trick or Eat event, in their Campbell’s soup costumes. Students will be canvassing Flinton, Northbrook, Cloyne, and as many back roads as possible, for non-perishable items on Hallowe’en night. The students will have NAEC identification tags and will be canvassing until approximately 8 p.m. Students will attempt to visit as many houses as possible, but if your house is overlooked, please drop the items off at NAEC, or have the items picked up (please call Candice Bovard at 613-336-8991). For families requiring assistance or more information about local services, please call Land o’ Lakes Community Services at 613-336-8934.

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