Since the mid eighties, St. Charles College student council has been organizing a fall food drive in support of the Sudbury Food Bank. Every year it just gets better and better.
The students were given the task of collecting sixty thousand cans this year. Teacher leaders Paola Gutscher and Bev Belanger were happy to report that the students smashed their goal with raising more than 126 thousand cans. Year after year, it has become the largest single donation to the Sudbury Food Bank warehouse.
The leadership students cannot do this alone. It is supported by all the 7-12 students at St. Charles College along with feeder schools — Holy Trinity, St. Paul, St. John, St. David and Pius.
The wrap-up event today highlighted the accomplishments of the students but also the staff had to hold up its end of the bargain complete with staff pie in the face showdowns, shaved heads, dyed heads and waxed legs.
Principal Patty Mardero says it is also important to recognize the citizens of Sudbury who graciously donated to the drive when the students knocked upon their doors. The food collected over the course of the last week was delivered to the Sudbury Food Bank warehouse today. Mardero says “This visit to the warehouse to unload is critical in helping students see the fruits of their labour as they lift each box of canned food and fill the shelves of the warehouse”.
KICX 91.7 and Greater Sudbury Police Service have partnered to deliver Random Acts of Kindness and today they came to St. Charles College to support the breakfast program.
This morning, Constable Hally Willmott showed up with the KICX morning hosts, Brad and Leann Hulme and Moolah the Cash Cow to make the cash donation to Principal Patty Mardero along with SCC student and breakfast club helper Aryanna Recollet.
The breakfast program runs daily under theh direction of Julie Jessop to feed more than one thousand students in grades 7 through to grade 12.
SCC would like to thank Sudbury Police and KICX for their random act of kindness!
In photo: Brad Hulme, morning KICX host with Moolah the Cash Cow, student Aryanna Recollet, KICX morning host Leann Hulme and Constable Hally Willmott stand outside St. Charles College for the Random Act of Kindness cash presentation.
This morning, the St. Charles College student council and leadership class students kicked off the annual canned food drive in front of the student body that is 1200 students strong.
Students now have until Tuesday to meet the challenge.
They have had great help from feeder schools including Holy Trinity, St. John, Pius, St. David and St. Paul.
Principal Patty Mardero reminded the students what it must be like to worry about not only tests and assignments but about their next meal or going to bed hungry.
Totals will be announced on Tuesday when all food and money collected will be transported to the Sudbury Food Bank warehouse.
Today marks the start of the Cardinal Classic in the St. Charles College gymnasium.
More than fifteen school teams are registered for the yearly fall tournament.
Junior and senior teams are in action all Friday and Saturday.
Cards Athletic Director Darren Michelutti is overseeing the tournament.
The grade 11 Current Aboriginal Issues class participated in the 5th annual Sisters in Spirit day of commemoration in Sudbury. The day began at Tom Davies Square with mayor Brian Bigger proclaiming October 4th as Sisters in Spirit Day in Greater Sudbury, where we honour women and girls who were victims of violence and who are no longer with us.
The speeches were followed by an awareness march to N’Swakamok Native Friendship Center. While at the Friendship Center, the students heard some powerful stories and songs, they viewed the “Red Dress” campaign and enjoyed a traditional feast.
Teacher, Jennifer Petahtegoose says “Our students felt honoured to participate in this day, singing, drumming and carrying our school board’s eagle staff in the walk.”
Miigwetch to Lisa Osawamick, Aboriginal women’s violence prevention co-ordinator with the Greater Sudbury Police Service, for allowing us to attend this day of commemoration and feeling part of the solution in raising awareness to this important issue.