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King George PS students organize virtual food drive

May 19, 2020 

GUELPH, Ontario – Grade 7 and 8 students at King George Public School have been busy organizing a virtual food drive for the Guelph Food Bank.

Earlier this year, the intermediate students covered the United Nation’s goals for sustainable development and focused on the topic of poverty, famine and food security.

When schools closed, several of these students decided that they would like to do something to help at-risk populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, a group of students decided to reach out to their teacher about starting a virtual food drive. The goal of this food drive was to safely collect items for the Guelph Food Bank.

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Students organized everything around the food drive including how they would advertise the drive. Students shared information on social media using the #KGCares/#CoeurKG hashtag and virtually asked for student participants to host a donation box. By the end of the first week, dozens of students and families were participating by leaving donation boxes on their front lawns.

Boxes were decorated with signs to let people know what the purpose of the donation box was.

At the end of the drive, some families safely brought their box to the Guelph Food Bank, while others were picked up by King George PS teacher Stephanie Clarke and brought to the food bank.

As of today, more than four full car loads have been taken to the Guelph Food Bank, each trip containing about 100 kgs of food items.

Great job, King George! ​

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