School rewarded for successful holiday food drive

Students at École Élémentaire Catholique Monseigneur Jean Noël, January 13, 2019. (Photo by Maureen Revait)

Students at École Élémentaire Catholique Monseigneur Jean Noël are celebrating today after a successful holiday canned food drive.

The students collected over 9,000 non-perishable food items for the Windsor Family Homes and Kids First Foodbank, nearly double the amount the school raised last year.

“This is a small school, 415 kids, we double this and that’s who we serve in a week in our foodbank. So for these kids, little kids, to have this sort of impact is amazing,” said Angela Yakonich, executive director at Windsor Family Homes and Kids First Foodbank.

Yakonich said this donation, along with other donations received throughout the holiday season, will usually last them until the summer.

The organization helped the school celebrate by nominating them for the Mix 96.7 Class of the Week promotion. The radio station worked with Antonino’s Original Pizza to make sure the whole school was recognized with a pizza party. The restaurant brought over 500 pieces of pizza to the school in south Windsor.

“They were really surprised, super happy, very grateful. They were doing it to give back and weren’t expecting anything in return so as you can tell from the atmosphere, they are really happy, really pumped and we appreciate everything,” said Grade 5 teacher Elyse Rousseau.