The annual Christmas Food Drive at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate is a big deal. It starts in November with a kick-off chapel and fun incentives. Normally, students collect non-perishable food for the House of Friendship, a local organization that provides Christmas food hampers for people living on low income.
This year, the need was greater, but the pandemic disrupted the usual ways of doing things. Motivated by a desire to help others, student leaders stepped up. Instead of collecting food, they encouraged students to raise funds.
In a motivational video they emphasized the school’s long legacy of giving and set a goal of $15,000. At $9,000, one student shaved his head, as promised. An outdoor “toonie toss” raised $600 more. With under a week to go, the students met their goal.
“We were beyond proud of our school but we wanted to push them to keep on donating” the students council wrote. So they reached higher, staging an outdoor “pie-in-the-face” incentive.
In total they raised $25,000, assured by grateful staff at House of Friendship that their gift of money was also “a gift of light and hope.”
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Rockway Mennonite Collegiate student council members celebrate in the school parking lot after staging a pie-in-the-face incentive that helped to raise $25,000 for the school’s annual Christmas Food Drive, one way this small school makes a huge impact, according to the student council’s motivational video shown in the food drive kick-off chapel. (Photo by Jo Scott)