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.
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.