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Nov 19
Ross Road students step up for Sage House
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École Ross Road Elementary Grade 5
students, all part of the same cohort,
with their teacher Mme. Lovegrove, show some of the non-perishable food items
they collected for Sage Transition House.

By Maria Spitale-Leisk, NVSD Communications

Students ‘scared’ their classmates for a cause during the week of Halloween at École Ross Road Elementary.

COVID may have cancelled Leadership Club this year, but kindness carries on at the school.

Ross Road’s annual Scaring Hunger food drive was able to go ahead in October, with students stepping up to help nourish
community members.

Mme. Lovegrove's Grade 5s and Mme. Christian’s Grade 6s showed initiative by making school announcements to advertise the food drive, and then collecting the non-perishable items daily from students in their respective cohorts.


The students more than doubled their goal by donating 2,535 food items to Sage Transition House, which is operated by
North Shore Crisis Services Society.


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The donated food items from École Ross Road Elementary are a welcome sight
for North Shore Crisis Services Society staff.  

 

We thought that given the circumstances with COVID and the increased challenges faced by many, that this would be an especially important year to support a local organization that focuses on women and families in need,” says Mme. Lovegrove.

Sage is an 18-bed transition house where staff provide safety and support to women and their children fleeing abusive situations. Shelter, food, clothing, personal items, referrals, individual support and support groups are offered for up to 30 days.


The food drive initiative was important for Ross Road, explains Mme. Lovegrove, because it provided an opportunity for students to come together as a community at a time when many are feeling distant.

“It encouraged school spirit,” she says.   

 

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