Malden Central collects cans and toys for needy families

By Joel Charron

For being a small school, Malden Central Public School students have big hearts.

For the past three weeks Malden Central students have been collecting non-perishable food items and toys for those less fortunate.

The non-perishable food items are being donated to the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship

Leadership Class students Mitchell Wright (left) and Megan Wismer show off all the items the school collected during its can/toy drive.

Mission while the toys are being donated to the Amherstburg Fire Department for Sparky’s Toy Drive.

The 272 Malden students collect over 1,400 food items and approximately 100 toys.

“All the toys and food will stay within the community,” said Grade 3 teacher, Susan Hadfield, who over saw the project.

Hadfield said leadership class students, Megan Wismer and Mitchell Wright, organized the food and toy drive.

“They did it all on their own,” said Hadfield. “They graphed and charted everything so the classes could see how they were doing. They went to each class room collecting the cans and toys.”

The students added a little competition to the food/toy drive, announcing that the classes that brought in the most items would receive a pizza party.  Lisa Richards’ Grade 2/3 split class won the competition, bringing in roughly 350 cans.

Hadfield said she was very proud of the students.

“This is great, especially for being a such a small school,” she said.

Although the students were promised a pizza party to the class who brought in the most, Hadfield said the students participation wasn’t based on that.

“Yes the end result is a pizza party for the winning class but over and above that,” said Hadfield.  “If you ask them, why did you participant, they are going to tell you, because there are people less fortunate that need it.”

The Food and Fellowship Mission picked up the food items on Friday and the toy will be picked up by Station 3 firefighters sometime this week.


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