Schools out to col­lect cans

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

In the lead up to the city­wide food drive, six Palmer­ston North schools are col­lect­ing cans of food for food­bank.

Join­ing the new Wat­ties Cans for Good cam­paign is Roslyn School where col­lec­tion co­or­di­na­tor, teacher Karen McLeod, said pupils at the decile-3 pri­mary are well aware of what it is like not to have food.

‘‘Many of the kids here come from fam­i­lies who rely on the food­bank,’’ McLeod said.

The chil­dren also ben­e­fit from the school’s break­fast and lunch clubs.

‘‘They un­der­stand that they get given things and that it is good to give back. We’re get­ting on board as a ‘Kind Heart School’,’’ McLeod said.

Other city schools in­volved in the Novem­ber 14 - 17 col­lec­tion are Palmer­ston North Ad­ven­tist Chris­tian School, Long­burn School, Tiritea School, Whakarongo School, and Kelvin Grove Kinder­garten.

Cans for Good has signed up 180 schools across the coun­try hop­ing to con­trib­ute 25,000 cans to Sal­va­tion Army food­banks for Christ­mas. Wat­ties will match the to­tal col­lected can for can.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing schools also have the op­por­tu­nity to use their do­nated cans for an art­work or struc­ture.

The five schools with the most cre­ative ‘can cre­ation’ will re­ceive a $500 voucher to­wards art or school sup­plies.

Roslyn School pupils, Ce­line Car­ring­ton, Ethan Mc Na­mara, Dinky Verma, Jazahn Mc Gre­gor, Jay­cie Suafoa-James, Tel­son Li­u­vaie, Jaxon Han­nan, Tairel Roy, Alexia Davis, and Trin­ity McGregor and the school’s Cans For Good col­lec­tion.

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