What happens when you take 63 students and challenge them to scare away hunger?
You get a whole lot of happy kids making a difference as they filled not one but THREE trucks in support of the Free The Children We Scare Hunger Campaign.
Dressed in their Halloween costumes, the grade six students at Shannon Park Elementary school came out with bag after bag, box after box, smile after smile…as they loaded the trucks with food they collected, that was then delivered by Ford to Dartmouth food banks.
“What did you learn from this whole experience,” I asked a few of the kids:
“I learned that helping people is a really good thing.” – Wonder Woman
“Just because we’re a small school doesn’t mean we can’t make a big difference.” – Aiden/Mime
“There are a lot of reasons people need to use the food bank. It’s really important.” – Sarah/Cheerleader
“I learned that we can do whatever we put our minds to.” – Kiersten/Bee
“We’re AWESOME” yelled the group of boys with arms around one another in obvious pride!
We Scare Hunger helps to raise of awareness about the issue of local hunger and provide a platform for students to take action. Made possible by Ford of Canada and Sobeys, the campaign will see hundreds of thousands of schools, youth and families across North America collecting non-perishable food items for their local food banks through school-driven food drives, community events and trick-or-treating for non-perishable foods instead of just candy on Halloween. Since 2007 students across Canada have collected 5.6 million lbs of food for We Scare Hunger. Last year, students in Nova Scotia collected over 27,774 pounds of food.
WeDay Atlantic is coming to Halifax on November 28th to celebrate kids who are making a difference! Along with 20 of the students who took part in the We Scare Hunger event at Shannon Park Elementary, I’ll be there to help celebrate their fantastic achievement…and, if the excitement is anything like it was yesterday filling those three trucks, it’s going to be an amazing day!