Teacher Paula Wilkins and student Braven Bull collect food raised at the school to go to the Ponoka Food Bank. The event was a student-led project to raise as much food as possible for the Food Bank. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Teacher Paula Wilkins and student Braven Bull collect food raised at the school to go to the Ponoka Food Bank. The event was a student-led project to raise as much food as possible for the Food Bank. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka Food Bank gets a leg up from PES students

Ponoka Elementary School students show leadership in food fundraising campaign

Students at Ponoka Elementary School (PES) pulled their resources together to collect food for the Ponoka Food Bank.

A special assembly was held recently at the school where it was announced that students brought in more than 1,200 items for the food bank.

“Our goal was 638 items and we doubled that,” explained Grade 5/6 leadership option teacher Dana Farquhar.

The program was part of the We Scare Hunger campaign, which aims to bring non-perishable food items to the food bank during Halloween.

It was a big celebration. Along with prizes for the classes that raised the most amount of food, students were able to celebrate how much they put together during the assembly.

“The leadership kids, they gave up the last recess of the drive every week,” she explained.

One of the main goals of the program besides helping the food bank is to work with student leaders, explained Farquhar. She has found a ripple effect of involvement within the leadership class since they started the program.

“They keep coming up to me throughout the day with ideas of what to do next,” she said.

Farquhar’s excited to see what happens next.

Several community businesses and organizations promoted the event with prizes and transporting the food to the Ponoka Food Bank.