Ballenas Meals Program students sold seasoned croutons to raise funds for the Arrowsmith Lodge and Cokely Manor. (Submitted photo)

Ballenas Meals Program students sold seasoned croutons to raise funds for the Arrowsmith Lodge and Cokely Manor. (Submitted photo)

Ballenas students’ baked croutons raise $750 for local manor

Funds to help facility hire art therapist

Ballenas Meals Program students were busy making delicious seasoned croutons that they sold for a good cause.

They received donated bread by Nana & Papa’s Bakery from French Creek in the first week of December. The students cubed, seasoned and baked them for turkey stuffing, salad and also for homemade soup.

The Ballenas students, who embraced the importance of community involvement and loved the idea of helping others, were able to sell the croutons to parents and staff. Their efforts helped them raise $750 that they donated to the Arrowsmith Lodge and Cokely Manor, a non-profit assisted living and long-term care facility in Parksville.

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The cash donation, said Robyn Elliott, who runs the Ballenas Meals Program, will go towards helping the manor hire an art therapist to come and work with residents and help alleviate their symptoms of depression, reduce sterss, build self-esteem and bring smiles to the residents.

— NEWS Staff

Michael.Briones@pqbnews.com

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