Top marks for Iroquois Public School ‘food drive’


The results of Iroquois Pubic School’s annual food drive for the Dundas County Food Bank are in, and once again the students, their families and the teaching staff have achieved a passing grade. 

Actually, it was more like first class honours with 419 items added to the Food Bank shelves.

The drive was run by the student council under Prime Minister, Alyssa Grant who announced the success of the drive at the school’s regular monthly assembly on Friday morning. 

“This is the last day of our food drive, and we are having a pyjama day to celebrate,” said Grant. “I am very proud of our school for doing this. Everyone did a great job.” 

Following the assembly, the council reps met with Food Bank chair Brenda Millard. 

Thanks to the fine record keeping of Margaret Phifer’s grade 5-6 class, Millard was told the collection resulted in 294 canned goods, 117 dry goods and eight other. 

“I see some soups, some beans and lasagna,” said Millard as she checked out the wonderful pile of donations. “We don’t often get things like cereal and baby food, so they are important too.” 

With the school’s food drive following on the heels of the recent Stuff a Cruiser and before that the Halloween, door to door, collection,  Millard says the Food Bank is in fairly good shape. 

Although the Bank never has too much food, “we are in good shape now and should have enough to get through to February. Our three main food drives all happen in November, which is good because we need the food in December. And they help us get through the winter.” 

At the schools’ monthly assembly, a number of achievements were recognized beginning with the success of the fund-raising (bracelet sales) effort for the annual Ecole de Neige trip. The top fund raisers were recognized and Shelby Martineau was named top sales lady. 

Named as artists of the month and having their framed artwork on display in the school’s front showcase were Hannah Rolfe at the junior level, SheeAnne Hunter at the primary level and Anthony Walsh in kindergarten. 

Thirteen students were awarded for various accomplishments including enthusiasm, attentive  listening, being a good friend, showing kindness to a friend in need, for being a great mentor etc. 

It was also announced that the school’s Cookie Dough fund raiser resulted in some $15,000 worth of dough being sold for a profit of $4,000 for the school.

The money raised from this project is used to enhance technology and expand the selection of books in the school’s book room.  

Travis Walters was the top salesman with $778 in sales,  and he was presented a pair of Sens hockey tickets and a family movie pass. 

Draws were made for prizes donated by the school’s staff. The students received tickets for their sales and then placed them in the draw for the prizes they most desired. This is the major fund raiser of the year, done by the school. 

The parents council runs other events to raise money for playground equipment.

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