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November 30: Rainbow Schools canvass community for non-perishable food items

a student painting a wooden box
MacLeod Public School student Ella Bourget paints a donation box for the Edgar Burton Kids Helping Kids Food Drive. The boxes will be placed throughout the community. Everyone is invited to contribute.

Many students in Rainbow Schools in Sudbury, Espanola and Manitoulin will canvass their neighbourhoods for non-perishable food items for their local food banks on Thursday, November 30, 2017. 92.7 Rock will be live on location at MacLeod Public School at 8 am to help kick-off the event.

This is the fourth annual Rainbow Kids Helping Kids Day, which is part of the Rainbow District School Board’s annual efforts to support the Kids Helping Kids Christmas Food Drive in memory of Edgar Burton.

“Last year, our goal for Rainbow Schools was to collect 250,000 food items,” said Director of Education Norm Blaseg. “We surpassed this total and collected 257,948 items. A total of $35,515 in monetary donations contributed to this impressive total. This year, our goal is to collect a total of 257,949, which is one more can than last year.”

He added: “It has become an annual tradition for Rainbow Schools to support Edgar Burton’s vision to help individuals and families in the communities that we serve. Cash donations are also welcome. Each dollar donated is equivalent to six food items for the Sudbury Food Bank.”

Rainbow Schools have been awarded the coveted Kids Helping Kids torch for most food items collected six times over the past eight years. Carl A. Nesbitt Public School brought in 30,443 food items in 2016 and will be awarded the first place torch at this year’s Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive kick-off event.

“The food that we collect will be going to all the food banks in our jurisdiction, benefiting students and families in all of our school communities,” said Director Blaseg. “We thank everyone for joining with us to collect one more can.”

In the event of inclement weather, the community canvass will take place on Friday, December 1, 2017.

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Media Contact:

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