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Photo and article by Jared Story
Breakfast is on Brock Corydon.
A group of students at Brock Corydon School
recently collected 158 non-perishable food items for donation to Winnipeg
The three-week collection, which ended on
Feb. 16, focused on breakfast food items like oatmeal, pancake mix and cereal.
“We did a bit of research and we saw that
breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” said Grade 5 student Hailey
Crust. “A whole bunch of kids go to school not eating breakfast and then they
can’t learn a lot. All they’re thinking about is food.”
The idea for a Brock Corydon food drive was
first pitched by Grade 6 student Shai Vilenski East.
“I was at Costco with my family and they
were taking donations of money for people who don’t have food,” Vilenski East
“So, we donated a dollar, and I was like, ‘Now
what? Now what do we do?’ They said they take the money and they give it to
charity, to Winnipeg Harvest. I thought ‘That seems like a great idea. I should
do that in my school.’”
Vilenski East is a member of the school’s
student council executive, along with Crust, Michal Miron, Bjorn Isford, Zoe
Reader and Dillon Runke.
“The executive comes up with ideas, which they
bring to myself and a couple other teachers and we let them spearhead their
initiatives,” said Grade 4/5 teacher Alex Mandaliti.
“The executive then brings it to the whole
student council (which contains two members from each grade level) and pitches
the idea. Then the rest of the student council help them through it.”
Miron, a Grade 6 student, said word of the
breakfast food drive was spread through an assembly, announcements, posters and
the school newsletter.
Vilenski East said he was impressed with
the generosity his fellow students displayed during the food drive.
“Without people with warm hearts, without
people that take care of other people, this wouldn’t have happened,” he said.