Schools out to collect cans
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.