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.
have cancelled Leadership Club this year, but kindness carries on at the
annual Scaring Hunger food drive was able to go ahead in October, with students stepping
up to help nourish community members.
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.
more than doubled their goal by donating 2,535 food items to Sage
Transition House, which is operated by North Shore Crisis Services Society.
The donated food items from École Ross Road Elementary are a welcome sight
for North Shore Crisis Services Society staff.
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.
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.
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.
school spirit,” she says.