Kent elementary students walked from their school to the Agassiz Harrison Community Services to make a large donation to the food bank on Friday.

Kent elementary students give to food bank

Entire class walks donations from school to Agassiz Harrison Community Services



It was pajama day at Kent elementary school Friday, but it was also a day to cart dozens of cans, boxes and packages to the food bank.

The Grade 2 class braved damp weather, many clad in their pajamas as a special treat for the last day of school. And each child carried a grocery bag full of much-desired food items — tuna, noodles, soups and sauces.

They giggled about being in pajamas, and they chatted about how many cans they collected. And when one student’s bag broke and lost a can of salmon — unbeknownst to him — another student picked it up for him without missing a beat.

And when they all arrived at the food bank’s doors, they were greeted with smiles and a chorus of thank you’s.

But it wasn’t just food the class brought over. Kent’s school choir managed to raise $37 amongst themselves, and that was handed over as well.

“Should we sing them a song?” their teacher asked.

“No!” they all yelled, probably a little nervous.

But, they indeed broke into song, with We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

And to finish off the trip, each child was given a chocolate chip cookie before they headed back to school.

Overall, Agassiz Harrison Community Services has seen a 20 per cent increase in donations this year. But executive director Heidi Trautman said the need has risen along with that.

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