By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario - East Front Public School students were raiding their kitchen cupboards to meet a challenge, where the winners were proud to come home empty-handed.
East Front students, staff and family members donated 380 non-perishable food items to help Cornwall’s Agape Centre for this upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.
Principal Joe Harty decided to put his students to the test during this month’s Character Education assembly. He put the school community to the task of gathering 250 non-perishable food items to help Cornwall’s Agape Centre for this upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.
“Relevance is such a key to learning”, said Harty, in a statement. “When children have the opportunity to learn by doing or by becoming involved in an initiative of this nature, they tend to retain more, and in this case, learn about the true meaning of Thanksgiving."
It was classroom versus classroom. Teachers and staff fueled the competitive goodwill drive by discussing both empathy and Thanksgiving traditions in class. Meanwhile, parents, guardians and grandparents were generously giving up their non-perishable food items to meet the challenge.
Early Thursday morning, students Ethan Watt, Daylan Sauve and Nicholas Boyer were busy tallying up the food items. After hundreds of cans, bags, boxes and containers were carefully counted, the grand total was announced. 359 food items had been gathered, but by the time food was loaded and transported, the amount raised to 380.
“It is so nice to see our young citizens being shown a positive example of how to be contributors within society, the donation from East Front will definitely make a difference for many needy families here in Cornwall," said Agape Centre executive director Alyssa Blais.