Special to the Nor’Wester
As part of their “100 Days Of Celebration”, the students of Indian River Academy held a food drive challenge for the Green Bay Food Bank. Every year the school holds various activities to celebrate the 100th day of the school year and this year the staff challenged all the students to collect 100 food items per classroom for the local food bank. With 14 classrooms participating the goal was 1400 items.
For Colleen Dobbin, teacher of the Grade 3B class, it’s not the first time involved with a food drive for the local food bank. Colleen and her grade 3 students have been taking part in the Thanksgiving Day food drive for the past 3 years. This year she decided to bring the idea of a school wide challenge to the rest of the staff and everyone was favourable to the idea and it was decided to make it part of their “100 Days of Celebration”. They decided to add a friendly competition to the challenge as well, with the class collecting the most items receiving a pizza party.
Committed to the school and the Green Bay Food Bank, Colleen headed up the drive and with the help of the rest of the staff, communicated the plans to the students and the parents. Newsletters went out to all the parents indicating the details of the food drive challenge and they all came on board with their support.
The collective effort of students, parents and staff was a huge success, collecting approximately 2400 food items, with some classrooms collecting in excess of 400 items. Some children went above and beyond and went door to door asking for food items with some bringing in over 100 items. Principal Conn Roberts was very proud of their accomplishments and said, “when you have 250 students, 20 plus staff members and parents pulling together, it takes very little effort to pull something like this off as you can see from the amount of products collected in just one week.” He also said that getting all the children involved helped to make them aware of the importance of giving.
Ruth Butt, Chairperson and Donna Snow, both volunteers with the Green Bay Food Bank were both there on Valentine’s Day to receive the very large donation and were amazed at the amount of food. Ruth said, “The people of Springdale and surrounding areas are so generous, we have never had to contact the Food Sharing Association to say that we are out of food.”
The pizza party prize went to two classrooms, Colleen Dobbin’s Grade 3B class for bringing in the most items per student and Miss Brett’s Grade 6B class for bringing in the most food overall. The prizes were awarded to the classrooms on Valentine’s Day as part of their classroom Valentine’s Day celebrations.
Principal Roberts said the winners did extremely well and should be proud of their accomplishment; however the staff at the school want it made clear that all the students from all the classrooms did a great job and everything they contributed was greatly appreciated.