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Rainbow Schools collect 5,500 clothing items for Winter Clothing Drive

Rainbow Schools winter clothing drive

Collecting items to support Our Children Our Future in a campaign spearheaded by Cooper Equipment Rental were Walden Public School students, from left, Callie Bertrand, Rowan Eberhardt, Bradley Halonen and Emma Delamorandiere.

Since September, students in Rainbow Schools have been collecting gently used winter clothing items for local families in need. The drive, spearheaded by Cooper Equipment Rental, helps to support Our Children, Our Future. In total, some 10,000 clothing items were collected from communities across the city. Rainbow Schools contributed 1288 coats, 373 snowsuits, 223 pairs of boots and 3,594 accessory items to this total.

Kids Helping Kids: Rainbow Schools collect 257,942 items for area food banks

Rainbow Schools surpassed their goal in this year’s Edgar Burton Kids Helping Kids Food Drive. For the second year in a row, they topped the quarter million mark!

“Each year, we collect food items and monetary donations to support individuals and families in the communities that we serve,” said Rainbow District School Board Director of Education, Norm Blaseg. “This year, we set our goal at 250,000 items. At last count, we collected 257,942. A total of $30,515 in monetary donations contributed to this impressive total.”

Director Blaseg commended the students, staff and trustees in Rainbow Schools for going the extra mile to give. All items collected represents some 130 tonnes of food.

“Our hats go off to the families and local residents who gave so generously to this campaign,” said Director Blaseg. “This was a true community effort in Sudbury, Espanola, Manitoulin Island and Shining Tree. We thank everyone who made this year’s food drive another outstanding success.”

He added: “The food collected will go to all the food banks in the jurisdictions served by the Board, benefiting students and families in all of our school communities.”

Director Blaseg thanked Kerri Monaghan, Principal of Ernie Checkeris Public School and Carl A. Nesbitt Public School, for championing this effort in Rainbow Schools.

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