Central Okanagan Public School families and staff made the holiday season brighter for the less fortunate this year.
Their generosity brought in more than 16,000 pounds of food, thousands of clothing items and almost $15,000 in gift cards and cash donations.
"We teach students to see their connection to the world around them, giving them the skills and knowledge so that they understand the power they have to change the world and thrive in it," said Kevin Kaardal, Superintendent of Schools and CEO.
The school groups also donated 75 food hampers and over 600 new toys for Christmas, all that in addition to generous donations of food, clothing, and money for families in neighbouring school districts who were displaced by floods.
"Every year, our learners inspire hope when they embrace opportunities to give back and we are grateful for the generosity of our families."
Here are a few examples provided by SD 23:
- Central School students planted produce at the KLO Middle modular farm, then distributed the harvest over the holiday break
- Staff and students at Ecole Glenrosa Middle volunteered on a Saturday for the Central Okanagan Food Bank Stuff a Bus Campaign, in addition to food and clothing drives
- Canyon Falls Middle School students gathered hygiene and clothing items for a women's shelter
- OKM Secondary families "adopted" 26 dogs through Paws It Forward donations
- Watson Road Elementary students gathered new socks in "Socktober" and winter wear in "Snovember"
"Central Okanagan Public Schools thanks all the families and staff members who donated to help local and neighbouring communities in an especially difficult year, "Kaardal says.