Without the means for traditional community trick or treating, Sun Peaks’ students have begun their own tradition which has more to do with nourishing food than candy.
Keith Massey, teacher at Sun Peaks Secondary Academy (SPSA), is currently focused on an upcoming fundraising effort for families in need. The “We Scare Hunger” Campaign (formerly known as “Halloween for Hunger”) is part of the SPSA’s commitment to “We Day”—a youth empowerment initiative that runs across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.
The students collect non-perishable food items to be donated to the Kamloops Food Bank. Last year, 700 pounds were collected; the 2016 goal is 1200 pounds.
“This was our best result from the past, but we believe we may be able to exceed this, being that we have more students at the school this year,” said Massey.
Students decorate the collection boxes with Halloween themes and disperse them throughout the community. It’s a fun, gently competitive event that inspires the children to engage with the community, consider others and make a difference in their own region.
For more information about the school, as well as donating and volunteering opportunities go to www.balancededucation.ca or find them on www.Facebook.com/SunPeaks