Once again this year, our school will be partnering with the Free The Children – the largest global network of children helping children. The month of October kick-starts a year-long series of actions that address local and global social-change issues.
During the month of October we will be educating our local community about a hunger problem in Chilliwack. In addition, we are empowering our students to make real change by providing them with the information and the vocabulary to ask their family networks for unused canned food. Students can bring their unused canned food, or non-perishable food items, to school each day during October, and at the end of the month we will donate our food to the Chilliwack Salvation Army Food Bank.
In 2010 we collected 636 items of canned food
In 2011 we collected over 1100 items
In 2012 we collected over 900 items
Our goal this year is to collect one more can!
On Halloween night, October 31st, staff from Central Elementary School will set up donation tables at the school, and supply hot drinks for those students who are tick-or-treating for canned food as well as candy. For those trick-or-treating around the school will we have canvassed the surrounding houses before hand to let them know students will be asking for canned food as well as candy.
This type of service-learning is real, authentic, and meaningful work; Arguably, the most important students will undertake this year.
Remember, every can counts!