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Wednesday, 09 November 2011 08:00

It’s teachers for turkeys time in Coaldale

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More than a dozen staff at Kate Andrews High School have signed up to the KA Teachers for Turkeys Weight Loss Challenge, a unique fundraiser that will support the Coaldale Food Bank’s provision of Christmas food hampers.

The staff held their official weigh-in at 11:45 a.m., Nov. 1, in the office of Vice-Principal Joanne Takasaki.

The participating individuals will collect pledges and watch what they eat from now until a final weigh-in on Dec. 15. Pledges can be a lump sum or a pledge for each pound the group loses over the next six weeks.

Kate Andrews’ Grade 9 Math teacher Kevin Holland, one of the event’s organizers, says the idea for this challenge started with some good-natured ribbing among KAHS Hockey Academy teachers and Academy Coach Bruce Bell. As more school staff heard about the challenge, more signed up to join.

The Challenge also had a kick-off event at a school assembly Nov. 4.

Holland says staff members of every body type are participating to support the Coaldale Food Bank and model good community citizenship.

For the Coaldale Community Food Bank Society, this event and the support it generates is welcomed and well-timed.

“This is the time of year when our demand is very high,” says Coaldale Food Bank Co-ordinator Vaughn Caldwell. “Coming up to Christmas, we’ll be serving 100 to 120 families in Coaldale.”

That is about double the average number of families served in other months of the year.

Caldwell says donations of cash, cereal, canned or dried soups, other non-perishable foods, toilet paper, facial tissue and toiletries such as shampoo are appreciated.

To sponsor one of the Teachers for Turkeys participants, please visit the school office or the school website at

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