Students gather food donations for the Refuge Oshawa
"They're learning what it means to be a volunteer," says Beverly Fiddler, a teacher at Queen Elizabeth Public School in Oshawa.
Fiddler helped students organize and facilitate a food donation drive at their school. They began collecting non-perishable food items from families in the school community in early November. They now have just over 1,000 food donations to share with youth and families in the extended Oshawa community.
Fiddler is a part of the Social Justice and Equity Community with other staff and students at Queen Elizabeth PS. Fiddler says they wanted to thank the extended community for the help they continually receive, "We get a lot from our community, so this is a way for us to say thank you and give back."
Paying it Forward
On December 18, staff from the Refuge Oshawa came to pick up the donation, which will be distributed to youth in their programs. The Refuge Oshawa provides programs and services for homeless and street-involved youth up to the age of 24. Staff from the Refuge were impressed by the volume of the donation being made. "There's so much here. We'll have so many extras, so we'll distribute those to local food banks," says Mark Eastwood of the Refuge Oshawa.
Also in attendance were Ashley Noble, Durham District School Board (DDSB) Trustee for Oshawa, and Pamela Downward, Second Vice-President of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO). Noble and Downward were elated to see the students taking on a leadership role, and helped them load up the boxes.