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Apple fundraiser helps provide breakfasts at Colborne PS 0

COLBORNE - 

Students at Colborne Public School are perfecting the art of fundraising.

Colourful posters created by students in Kindergarten and Grade 1 are on display at the Foodland grocery store, encouraging shoppers to buy ‘apples’ for a minimum $2 donation in support of the school’s breakfast program.

Customers can then write their names on the apple-shaped paper cutouts.

The program offers children a full breakfast each morning before classes begin, at no charge.

The apple fundraiser is being co-ordinated by parent Corinna Hay and will continue to the end of the school year. In the two months since the program began, $330 has been raised.

“Colborne is the heart of apple country, so this apple fundraiser is a perfect fit for a valuable program that supports our students’ learning,” Colborne Public School principal Pamela Buttery states in a press release. “We want to give credit to Corinna Hay for spearheading this project, and thank everyone who has already donated. We are also very appreciative of the support shown by Colborne Foodland in helping to make this happen.”

Susan Greenwood, the community development co-ordinator with Northumberland Food For Thought, says the apple fundraiser in Colborne is a great example of how a school and its community can come together to enhance student learning. Because government funding only covers some of the costs, she states in the release, volunteers and school communities have to fill the gap by fundraising and supporting their local programs.

“Many local students come to school hungry for a variety of reasons, and nutrition programs ensure they get the food they need to fuel learning and success in the classroom,” she states.

Northumberland Food For Thought is the non-profit partnership that co-ordinates student nutrition programs at 38 schools across Northumberland County. These programs are free and voluntary, and serve hundreds of students every day. To volunteer, financially support or find out more about Northumberland Food For Thought, visit www.northumberlandfoodforthought.ca or call 905-372-7863.

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