Music. Costumes. A spooky setting. The dark. The stage was set for a spooky culmination to the St. Francis French Immersion Annual We Scare Hunger Campaign.
The campaign to collect non-perishable food items for the local Soup Kitchen began October 15th, 2018. There was immediately friendly competition as classes raced to see who would collect the greatest number of cans and win a scary surprise. While the original goal was 900 canned goods (approximately three per student), it soon became evident that this goal would be surpassed. Special events, including Scary Hair Day and Scary Pajama Day, each brought in significant contributions throughout the campaign.
For the final special event, students in Mme Carnaroli’s Grade 3 class worked with the Grade 7 and 8 classes to prepare “une maison hantée”. Occupying the entire second floor, the haunted house had sights and sounds to scare students and adults alike.
While the evidence of their hard work was easy to see, it was the behind the scene conversations and actions that were most impressive. Students learned about and demonstrated many of Catholic Graduate Expectations throughout the campaign. Understanding the need for non-perishable food in the community, students were moved to become caring citizens.
They contributed ideas and worked collaboratively toward a common goal: making a food drive engaging for students of all ages in the school. They demonstrated creativity in the design and execution of their haunted house. Moreover, both primary and intermediate students demonstrated responsibility in the preparation and participation of the events.
Amazingly, in a few short weeks the staff and students of St. Francis collected over 2700 non-perishable food items for those in need. Mme Delfgou’s Grade 2 students, the winners of a scary surprise for collecting 382 items, showed incredible team spirit by choosing to share their prize with the second place winners, Mme Connell’s Grade 3 class who collected 380 canned goods. Congratulations to all staff, students, and Falcon families for your caring collaboration and generous contributions.
Small but mighty, St. Francis Falcons put faith into action!