Students at a Vernon school are learning about giving back to those in need.
Alexis Park Elementary is providing 16 families with food hampers and household items after donations from students, staff and community members.
Principal Mike Sutch says the support from the community has been amazing.
“We had a generous donation of hams from a community member who is very important to our school family. Okanagan Restoration also donated a good supply of pasta and toilet paper.”
In addition to the hampers, invited families will also be able to purchase some of the extra food donations the school received.
Also on the theme of giving is Santa’s Store at the school.
“Tables were set up in the school gym by category: mom gifts, dad gifts, jewellery, clothing and general gifts. Students came with their
loonies, toonies or canned food donation to purchase gifts for their family members,” says a School District 22 media release
Money raised from Santa’s Store will go to a year end field trip to Eagle Bay Camp for grade 6 and 7 students.
Donations of the gift items came from teachers and members of the community.
“We are very thankful for all the donations we have received,” says Principal Sutch. “This means so much to our students; they’ll have food over the winter break and presents under the tree.”
Sutch says their students have learned how a simple food donation can help support others in need.