Redcliff school raises thousands for food bank

By Jessie Weisner
December 20, 2018 - 4:53pm Updated: December 20, 2018 - 7:41pm


MEDICINE HAT, AB -- Many are getting into the Christmas spirit by volunteering or donating items to local charities.

One Redcliff school took it to another level, raising thousand of items for the Medicine Hat and District Food Bank.

Margaret Wooding School has 196 students, but they still managed to gather 6,000 donated items for the Medicine Hat Food Bank.

The school wellness committee began an initiative at the beginning of December called ‘The 12 Days of Giving,’ encouraging students to donate a variety of items like canned food, hygiene products and cleaning items.

Jason Miller, a teacher at the school, ran with the idea, and students just kept bringing more items.

“They’re talking to each other on the playground,” says Miller. “They’re talking to each other at recess and making sure that they’re bringing items in and they’ve been very successful at doing it.”

One class in particular stood out as well. Mrs. Harrington’s Grade 5 class managed to raise 1600 items all by themselves.

Teachers throughout the school were surprised and ecstatic at the number of donations.

“It’s amazing what these kinds have done and their families and the school of Margret Wooding,” says Heather Schneider, family wellness coach for Prairie Rose School Division. “It’s amazing.”

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