Courtenay Elementary School students and staff will be collecting donations for the food bank during this year’s Santa Claus parade on Sunday November 23rd. This is the second year of their drive to help their neighbors, the Comox Valley Food Bank, located just across from the school on McPhee Avenue in Courtenay.
The school has become closely linked to the food bank since they moved into their new location two years ago. “We both serve the same families, and so it makes sense that we work together, they provide nourishment, and we provide a safe place to learn” said school Principal Kyle Timms when asked about the partnership. Last year in the parade, the school collected enough food and cash donations to provide for 50 families for an entire week, and their goal this year is to double that. They will have over 60 students and a dozen parents and staff members in the parade this year, giving up their Sunday afternoon to help. When asked why she wanted to be a part of the parade Rory Gentles, a grade 3 student, said that ``I like the chance to help others`.
Students are asking everyone to bring a non-perishable food donation (or cash) to the parade this Sunday and when you see the big yellow school bus and the happy kids, help them help the food bank!
Being pink means more than just wearing a pink shirt on a day in February. It means taking care of your friends and not being a bystander when your see a conflict. At Courtenay Elementary we have caring, compassionate students who are building a pink community one day at a time.
How will you be pink today, tomorrow and every day?