A Chain of Caring at Chris Hadfield
The line of students at Chris Hadfield Public School passing donated food items, in a Chain of Caring, stretched from the school gym through the school yard, to the parking lot and waiting cars, in Bradford, Ont. on Thursday October 19, 2017. Miriam King/Bradford Times/Postmedia Network
For the past four years, students at Chris Hadfield Public School have collected food for the Helping Hand Food Bank, and created a Chain of Caring – with every student in the school standing side by side to pass the non-perishable food items, one at a time, from the school to the food bank.
It was easy when the new school was temporarily housed in the Bradford Public School building on Church St., just around the corner from the food bank.
But when the students moved into their brand-new school building at the other end of town, organizer Elaina Scigliano had to get creative.
Instead of a chain stretching from the school to the doors of the food bank, on Moore St., the students pass the donated food items from the school, through the school yard, to the parking lot, where vehicles wait to carry donations to the food bank to fill the empty shelves.
It's a great school-wide event, and students “have been looking forward to it,” said Scigliano. “They're involved, they're part of the chain, getting it to the food bank,” and neighbours in need.
This year, in just one week, students brought in a remarkable 1,494 non-perishable food items – possibly the most ever collected, “and the weather couldn't have been better!” she said.
South Simcoe Police were also on hand with their cruisers, encouraging the students with high fives.
“It's such a great cause,” said Scigliano, “and there are so many families in our community that need it.”