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Festive Events and Holiday Cheer

Ernie Checkeris Public School decks the halls with festive artwork

Haleigh Arthur proudly displays her festive artwork at the Ernie Checkeris Public School concert held on Wednesday, December 18, 2013.

Loading up the truck: Northeastern contributes close to 10,000 non-perishable food items

Northeastern Elementary School’s Kids Helping Kids Food Drive culminated on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 with sudents loading thousands of non-perishable food items onto the Sudbury Food Bank truck.
Grade 8 students Jarod Clarke, left, and Cameron Buttazzoni had the distinction of being the Edgar Burton Food Drive torch bearers on behalf of Northeastern Elementary School – a symbol of their success during last year’s campaign. "Our food drive train lined the hallway near our main entrance,” says Principal Randy Wallingford. “We collected close to 10,000 items once again this year. What a tribute to our students, staff and school community."

Cyril Varney: One person can make a difference

A small fundraiser snowballed into a large campaign at Cyril Varney Public School. When Grade 5 student Abby Dunlop wanted to make a difference for families in need, she decided to create and sell personalized Cyril Varney ornaments. She raised an impressive $593 for her cause. "Abby Dunlop has shown exemplary student leadership and compassion over the last few weeks," says Principal Ron Hodkinson. "Thanks to her efforts, four families will have a more enjoyable holiday season." He added: "We are very proud of Abby and her dedication to the character traits in Rainbow Schools.  Abby has demonstrated that one person can make a difference."

Raffle of baskets raises funds for food at Redwood Acres Public School

When Skyler (Grade 5) and Kaylee (Grade 1) St. Pierre said they wanted to do something to raise more money for the Kids Helping Kids Food Drive, their grandmother suggested they raffle off a gift basket.  The students from Redwood Acres Public School in Hanmer visited local businesses in the Valley and collected donations for their basket.  They received such an enthusiastic response that they were able to create four beautiful baskets which were raffled off at the school’s Winter Wonderland Concert – with all proceeds, an impressive $492, going towards the Kids Helping Kids Food Drive.  "Redwood Acres Public School is extremely proud of these two students and all of our students who have collected 2,822 food items," says Principal Susan Cousineau. Redwood Acres Public School thanks the many businesses in the Valley for their generous donations.

Board Office employees at Rainbow District School Board make a donation to the Sudbury Charities Foundation

Board Office employees at the Rainbow District School Board donated $2,200 to the Sudbury Charities Foundation on Thursday, December 19, 2013.  From left, Director of Education Norm Blaseg and department representatives Barb Hamilton (Facilities), Tara Digby (Finance), Karen King (Human Resources) and Dave Kitching (Information Services) present a cheque to Sudbury Charities Director Justin Lemieux and President Steve McNeil.