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16th Annual Cyclone Aid at St. Patrick's Catholic High School is a Huge Success! 

About 250 volunteers - including students, staff and community helpers - teamed up on Saturday for the 16th Annual Cyclone Aid at St. Patrick's Catholic High School.  About 4,600 bags of food - 1,000 more than last year - and $500 in cash was collected, making it one of the most successful ever.

"We had a huge response from the community," says Joseph Palko, St. Patrick's Catholic High School Chaplain, and one of the staff organizers for Cyclone Aid.

St. Patrick's students and staff collect food in two major food drives each year - Cyclone Aid during Lent and Irish Miracle at Christmas.

"Serving God by serving others in our community is part of our mission as a Catholic school," says Rob Cicchelli, Principal of St. Patrick's Catholic High School.

All of the food from Cyclone Aid is donated to the Inn of the Good Shepherd Food Bank.

In the photo above, student volunteers help to sort canned food collected during Cyclone Aid; and below, the food is boxed up ready for delivery to the Inn of the Good Shepherd.

Apr 04, 2017

WE Charity says 'Thank you' to Chatham-Kent Students and Victory Ford for Annual "We Scare Hunger" Campaign 

Officials from WE Charity were on hand recently to offer a special ‘thank you’ to Chatham’s Victory Ford and the students from several Chatham-Kent schools for their work each year in support of the We Scare Hunger Hallowe’en food drive.

“Victory Ford has been an important partner for our annual We Scare Hunger campaign,” says Ray Power, Principal of Ursuline College Chatham Catholic Secondary School, which organizes the food drive each year.  “We think it is fitting that our friends at Victory Ford are among just three dealerships across Canada being honored by WE Charity.”

WE is an international charity and educational partner, which educates and empowers young people and seeks to nurture in them compassion to create transformative social change.

In addition to representatives from WE Charity, Mark Buzzell, President and CEO of Ford Canada, was on hand to offer thanks to Victory Ford and students from Ursuline College, St. Ursula, Our Lady of Fatima, St. Joseph Chatham, St. Anne Blenheim and St. Michael Ridgetown Catholic schools, John McGregor Secondary School and Chatham Kent Secondary School.

Posing with students in the photo above are (Back Row L-R) Mark Buzzell, President, Ford Canada; Adam Lally, Victory Ford; Tim Witt, Ford Canada; Vince Lally, Victory Ford; and (Front Row) Spencer West, WE Charity.

Apr 03, 2017

From Gardening to Journalism to Social Justice - Students at St. Joseph in Tilbury Try Their Hands at Many Trades 

Students in Brandon Vadovic's Grade 7-8 class at St. Joseph Catholic School in Tilbury wore many hats in a recent class project - they were carpenters, mathematicians, agriculturalists, journalists and leaders in social justice.

"This has been a tremendous learning experience for our students," says Mr. Vadovic.  "What began as a project for our school to help provide food to the local food bank has expanded and evolved to give students practical experience in a number of trades and vocations."

The students began by building vertical gardens - one for every classroom in the school.  Food harvested from the gardens will be donated to the Tilbury Information and Help Centre Food Bank.  The construction project required students to measure the materials, assemble the gardens and prepare them for planting.

As a final step, Mr. Vadovic asked the students to write news stories about the project.  Gerry Harvieux, the editor of the Tilbury Times, was invited to the classroom to speak to students about news writing.  Students submitted their stories to the Times for judging and several were selected to be published in the March 14, 2017 edition of the newspaper.

Click here to read the stories that were published in the Tilbury Times.

In the photo above, Gerry Harvieux, editor of the Tilbury Times, speaks to students in Brandon Vadovic's Grade 7-8 class at St. Joseph Catholic School in Tilbury.

Mar 24, 2017
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