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Central Okanagan students help those in need for Christmas with 30,000 lbs of food

Sophie Soukeroff and Aria Haller from Helen Gorman Elementary with two of the 140 gift bags their school put together for the senior residents of the Village at Smith Creek.
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December 19, 2020 - 8:55 AM

During a season when giving is more important than ever Central Okanagan students, staff, and families showed their generosity by donating more than 30,000 pounds of food and more than $25,000 in cash and gift cards.

In addition to food and money, students motivated their peers, parents, and staff to donate more than 250 family hampers, 700 handmade Christmas cards and 140 gift bags for seniors, 75 handmade Christmas cards for the Canadian Mental Health Association, thousands of donated clothing items, including coats, hats, gloves, and new socks as well as hundreds of new toys to support families in need, according to a Central Okanagan Public Schools' press release.

One of the key attributes of a learner in the school district is being a contributor – a citizen who participates in the local and global community. The significant collective impact of students and their families donating to help others both within their schools and in the greater community teaches students about the agency they have in contributing to the greater good, according to the school district.

"The generosity of the contributors in our district this year is astounding," said superintendent Kevin Kaardal, in the press release. "With our focus on the safety and wellbeing of our school communities, it is inspiring to see students and staff thinking of others who are particularly impacted by this difficult year."

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