Students from École Notre Dame High School in Bonnyville braved the chilly fall weather on Thursday to raise food for the Bonnyville Food Bank. Approximately 50 students participated in the 4th annual Hungry for the Homeless, as part of the school’s Grade 10 Social Justice program.
Teacher, Siobhan Winterhault says the students wanted to do something to benefit the community. “It’s grown every year, the response is amazing.”
For a week leading up to the event, students and community members brought in food donations to the school. On Thursday, September 20th, students took to the outside for four hours to draw even more attention from the community and to increase donations.
In its first few years, students grabbed the attention of motorist passing the high school. To increase visibility, this year students made signs and moved to main street, at the Sylvestre’s Source for Sports parking lot. There was also some students at Sobey’s grabbing the attention of shoppers.
“In our first year, we raised a bus (load) of food and got $200, the next year we filled a bus again and raised a little more money. Last year, we ended up raising more money and filled the bus! We’re trying to beat last year’s record,” Winterhault explained.
This year, students hit their goal of filling the bus with food donations and raised $1,200 in cash donations. All money and food donations stayed local, at the Bonnyville Food Bank.