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Kids Helping Kids: Rainbow Schools collect 286,481 items for area food banks

For the fifth year in a row, Rainbow Schools have joined forces to support the Edgar Burton Kids Helping Kids Food Drive, collecting an impressive 286,481 food items for area food banks.

From spirit days and festive concerts, to bake sales and community canvasses, Rainbow Schools took every possible opportunity to bring in one more can.

“Year after year, students and staff work tirelessly to support individuals and families in the communities that we serve,” said Rainbow District School Board Director of Education, Norm Blaseg. “They truly exemplify the meaning of touching hearts.”

Rainbow Schools have been awarded the coveted Kids Helping Kids torch for most food items collected nine times over the past ten years. MacLeod Public School earned the first place torch at this year’s Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive kick-off event.

“We extend our sincere gratitude to the families and local residents who gave so generously,” said Director Blaseg. “This was a true community effort in Sudbury, Espanola and Manitoulin Island. We thank everyone who made this year’s food drive a tremendous success.”

He added: “The food collected will go to all the food banks in the jurisdictions served by the Board, benefiting students and families in all of our school communities.”

Director Blaseg thanked Kerri Monaghan, Principal of MacLeod Public School, for once again championing this campaign in Rainbow Schools.

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Media Contact:

Nicole Charette, Senior Advisor,
Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning,
Rainbow District School Board, 705-674-3171, ext. 7217.