Trick or treating for a cause

 | November 4, 2011

Usually the night of Oct. 31 is dedicated to ghoulish decorations, creative costumes and children knocking at every door in search of tricks and treats. This year, students of the Discovery Centre for Balanced Education at Sun Peaks went one step further, collecting non-perishable food items and candy in support of Free The Children’s Halloween for Hunger campaign. The food-raising initiative came out of the recent We Day celebration that encourages youth to lead local and global change.

This year’s Halloween for Hunger campaign collected 230 lbs. of food for the Kamloops Food Bank and students of the DCBE couldn’t have been happier.

“They were all very excited about their contribution to this cause,” notes @KOOL teacher Laurel Seafoot.

Last year 32 per cent of the people accessing the services of the Kamloops Food Bank were under 18. The Halloween for Hunger campaign not only supports at-risk families, but also provides a unique learning opportunity for children. Seafoot, through a series of customized lesson plans, helped students understand hunger related issues in British Columbia and throughout Canada, as well as how children can help fight hunger in their community.

“They discussed how great it felt to help other kids who don’t have as much as they do,” says Seafoot.

The Halloween for Hunger campaign helped local children and families in need. For their upcoming global initiative, DCBE students will raise funds and supplies for a school in Haiti.