Thursday, 22 December 2011 09:24

Teachers for Turkeys campaign raises $5,000 for Coaldale Food Bank

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Staff members at Kate Andrews High School in Coaldale collectively dropped 108 pounds on their way to raising more than $5,000 for the Coaldale Food Bank during a six-week wellness campaign.

About 20 school staff, representing every area of the school from teachers and learning assistants to caretakers and counselors, participated in the Teachers for Turkeys Weight Loss Challenge from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15.

At a special assembly Dec. 16, Coaldale Food Bank Co-ordinator Vaughn Caldwell visited the school to be presented five turkeys, each representing $1,000 in pledges and donations.

Kevin Holland, Grade 9 Math teacher and one of the event organizers who dropped 10 pounds during the campaign, said students were incredibly supportive of the Teachers for Turkeys campaign, holding their own challenges and offering pledges in support.

Earlier this fall, the students held a food drive for the Coaldale Food Bank. Between the two events, Holland believes the school raised close to $11,000 for the community service.

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