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Rainbow Schools challenged to Pay it Forward this December

In December, Rainbow Schools are invited to go green and pay it forward by sharing non-perishable food items and gently used clothing, scarves, hats and mitts for the Pay It Forward for the Holidays Community Challenge.

Staff and students are challenged to sift through their cupboards and closets for unused food and warm winter items to donate to local families, church groups, or public programs such as the local food banks and the Community Closet.

This Go Green initiative is part of the Environmental Committee’s ongoing efforts to encourage sustainable practices and increase awareness about how purchasing behaviours impact climate change.

“The fashion industry produces a substantial carbon footprint,” says Director of Education Norm Blaseg. “The greenest item is always the one that already exists.”

He adds: “The Pay It Forward for the Holidays Community Challenge presents the ideal opportunity to consider how we support those in need during the cold winter months. It is also an opportune time to help re-stock the shelves at local food banks.”

Rainbow District School Board’s Environmental Committee is issuing monthly challenges to staff and students throughout the school year.

Last month, Rainbow Schools took part in World Paper Free Day.

What will next month’s challenge be?

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Media Contact:

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