The Kwalikum Secondary School leadership class with all of our food they collected during their 12 Days of Giving. (Submitted photo)

The Kwalikum Secondary School leadership class with all of our food they collected during their 12 Days of Giving. (Submitted photo)

Kwalikum Secondary students collect nearly 1,300 food items for Salvation Army

‘12 Days of Giving’ sees classes to donate to a good cause

Kwalikum Secondary recently hosted 12 Days of Giving, where classes were encouraged to donate as many non-perishable food items as possible.

On the 12th day, school staff and 25 classes that took part in the food drive collected 1,296 food items and $879 in cash and gift cards that would all go to the Mount Arrowsmith Salvation Army Food Bank.

To motivate staff and students to donate, the leadership class that organized the event, held mini-contests.

One involved a list of a dozen food items you would find in a traditional holiday dinner. Any class that collected all 12 items were entered to win a bonus prize of hot chocolate and donuts from Tim Hortons. In addition, every day one item would be announced and any class who had already collected that item could call the office. The class who got through first won a small prize of chocolates, candy canes and more.

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The grand prize winner of a pizza lunch, courtesy of Thalassa Restaurant, went to Ruth Stefanek’s pre-calculus class, which collected 117 non-perishable food and $75.

“We are so proud of what we accomplished in our 12 Days of Giving,” said leadership teacher Devon Reid. “We are grateful to give back to our community and help families in a time of need. This has been an exceptionally difficult year and we weren’t sure how much staff and students would have to give, but we found that everyone was inspired to share kindness and generosity.”

— NEWS Staff

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