We Scare Hunger – October 31st Information

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you are hopefully aware, students of our school have been collecting non-perishable food items all month as part of a campaign to address hunger issues in Chilliwack. We Scare Hunger was created by Free The Children to address a need to stock our local food banks by collecting and donating canned food. Thank you to all those who have helped out so far; it is important work.

The second part of this campaign involves giving students the opportunity to collect canned food as well as candy when they treat-or-treat in the evening of October 31st. It is regarding this activity that I am writing to you today. In the afternoon of Thursday October 31st, Mr. Hagkull and I will be escorting all grade 5/6 students around our immediate community – the streets around the school. We will be dropping flyers off in mailboxes and talking to any community members we see in passing about We Scare Hunger. The flyers will inform the community that students may be asking for canned food items as well as candy on Halloween.

If you and your family are interested in participating in this worthwhile cause, you may drop by the school any time between 6:30-8:00pm, on Thursday evening, and drop off donated cans you have collect while out trick-or-treating. Staff, many of whom will be in costume, will provide donation tables and a hot drink to warm you up.
If you have any additional questions, then please give me a call at the school at 604.792.8537 or email me at christopher_lister@sd33.bc.ca.

Respectfully,
Christopher Lister
Central Elementary Community School

We Scare Hunger 2013

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!