© Herald photo by Perry Bergson
Queen Mary Community School principal Mark Hastings, Grade 4 students Storm Madsen and Jade Goodwill along with intern teacher Nicole Parenteau, pose with the food that Norma Lepage’s class donated for the food bank.
A lesson in compassion seems to have struck a chord with the students at Queen Mary Community School.
In particular, it hit home with a Grade 4 class taught by Norma Lepage and intern Nicole Parenteau.
The 24 students in the class brought 213 cans in less than a week, about one-quarter of the food that the 19 classes and 410 students donated in the pre-K to Grade 8 school located on 15th Street West.
“They brought lots of cans and things and they were excited to win,” Jade Goodwill said of her classmates on Thursday.
Her class won a pizza party for bringing in the most donations.
Principal Mark Hastings says this is the second year in a row the school has held a food drive prior to Thanksgiving.
Last year the entire school donated more than 300 cans.
“They really responded,” Hastings says. “They really get into it. It’s been a lot of fun. Do you know what? Giving back something for these kids is a big deal. We’re really excited that we can do these kinds of things for our kids.”
It’s one of a number of charitable events that the school runs throughout the year.
Nicole Parenteau says the Grade 4 class quickly embraced this latest challenge.
“In the morning they would bring them in and either myself or Mrs. Lepage would count them and we’d put them towards how many we had,” Parenteau says. “So we collected all week. Storm (Madsen) started it on Friday.”
“I brought in 21 cans!” Madsen said with a wide smile.
The food will go to the Prince Albert Share-A-Meal Food Bank.
“For all of those people who don’t get to have Thanksgiving meals with their family, we donate this,” Parenteau says.
The Grade 4 class will enjoy their pizza party sometime next week.
Hastings says the youngsters have embraced the concept that they need to share with those less fortunate.
“The kids really enjoy when they have a chance to give back.”