Kate An­drews’ stu­dents team up to bet­ter the lives of oth­ers

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Coaldale - BY CRAIG AL­BRECHT PAL­LISER RE­GIONAL SCHOOLS

For­get all those jokes about the vo­ra­cious ap­petites of teenagers. In this case, Kate An­drews High School (KAHS) stu­dents weren’t raid­ing the fridge, but stock­ing it.

The stu­dents were tak­ing part in the high school’s an­nual Com­mu­nity Food Drive, with the goal of fill­ing a Pal­liser Re­gional Schools’ bus for the ben­e­fit of the Coal­dale Food Bank.

Teacher Ken­dell Wiens says the Grade 9 stu­dents re­ally took own­er­ship of the event this year, drop­ping off bags on doorsteps across the town and then pick­ing up bags filled with non­per­ish­able items a few weeks later.

Goods were also do­nated at KAHS dur­ing par­ent-teacher in­ter­views and he says staff and stu­dents got be­hind the project by col­lect­ing food in their home­rooms. The class col­lect­ing the most items re­ceived a pizza party.

“It is great to see things like this where Coal­dale comes to­gether and see what can come as a re­sult of that,” says Wiens, who co-or­di­nated this year’s food drive.

Com­mu­nity in­volve­ment is nec­es­sary for any school to be truly suc­cess­ful, he says.

“Know­ing that you have par­ents that back the school – par­ents that have a be­lief that the school is do­ing good things? ?– that makes our job as teach­ers a lot eas­ier,” Wiens says.

While help­ing form a sense of com­mu­nity is im­por­tant, he says the drive also high­lights the needs of the food bank in Coal­dale and pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for the stu­dents to be good, global cit­i­zens.

“I think it’s im­por­tant get­ting aware­ness out there for the food bank and let­ting our stu­dents know that we can help our own in this com­mu­nity,” says Wiens.

Al­though KAHS has held a food drive for more than 15 years, this was his first as a teacher. He grad­u­ated from the high school in 2010, and joined the staff there just this year. As he was fin­ish­ing up univer­sity, Wiens says he was keep­ing a close eye on any job post­ings at Kate An­drews High School.

“Coal­dale has def­i­nitely al­ways been home to me,” he says. “There’s a strong sense of com­mu­nity and if I can build into that, that’s what I want.”

Pal­liser School photo

Kate An­drews High School stu­dents and staff gather around a school bus filled with items for the Coal­dale Food Bank.

Stu­dents hand items to teacher Kate An­drews' Ken­dell Wiens as part of the schools’ an­nual food drive.

Stu­dents hand items to teacher Kate An­drews' Ken­dell Wiens as part of the schools’ an­nual food drive.

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