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Kids Helping Kids: Rainbow Schools collect 308,306 items for area food banks

Rainbow Schools more than surpassed their goal in this year’s Kids Helping Kids Food Drive. They topped the quarter million mark!

“Last year, we collected 175,591 items to support individuals and families in the communities that we serve,” said Rainbow District School Board Director of Education, Norm Blaseg. “We blew the lid off our goal of 100,000, which was fantastic.”

“This year, we set our goal at 200,000 cans. At last count, we collected 308,306 cans.” He added: “A total of $25,700 in monetary donations contributed to this impressive total.”

Director Blaseg commended the students, staff and trustees in Rainbow Schools for going the extra mile to give and to collect one more can AND THEN SOME. The food items raised represent 160 tonnes of food.

 “Our hats go off to the families and local residents who gave so generously to this campaign,” said Director Blaseg. “This was a true community effort in Sudbury, Espanola, Manitoulin Island and Shining Tree. We thank everyone who made this year’s food drive another outstanding success.”

He added: “The food collected will be going 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 Vice-Principal Kerri Monaghan, Principal David Farrow, Principal Danielle Williamson and Principal Pablo Gil-Alfau for championing this effort 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.

Students in Rainbow Schools, including Claudia Pellerin, left, and Isabella Martelli of Churchill Public School, collected 308,306 food items for the Kids Helping Kids Food Drive. “We thank everyone who made this year’s campaign an outstanding success,” said Rainbow District School Board Director of Education, Norm Blaseg.