Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
June 1, 2009
Grandin School students give food for Mother Teresa pupils, families
WCR PHOTO | RAMON GONZALEZ
Leo Nguyen, left, and Alex Dale hold just some of the tins destined for Mother Teresa School.
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER
EDMONTON — Thanks to students from Grandin School, the food bank at Mother Teresa Catholic School is now filled with non-perishable food to help struggling inner city students and families.
For three weeks the students collected food in their classrooms and on May 22 — Care for Creation Day at Edmonton Catholic Schools — they brought the items to the gym and presented them to Mother Teresa’s principal Corinne King.
“We decided to mark Care for Creation Day by taking care of God’s family,” said Grandin principal Reny Clericuzio. “We are all in God’s family and we have to take care of each other.”
SHARING AND CARING
The students brought hundreds of food items — from canned vegetables and soups to cereals and peanut butter —for King to take to Mother Teresa School. They prayed, sang and listened attentively as King explained why her school needs their help.
Mother Teresa School, 9008-105A Ave., runs food and clothing banks to help area students and families.
“We have great kids just like you but some of them, some of their families, have a hard time making enough money for food and to heat their homes,” King told the students.
COME FROM AWAY
She said about half of Mother Teresa’s families come from other countries.
“They come to Canada and they can’t speak one word of English so the parents go to school, like you, to learn English. But if they are going to school, they can’t work and if they can’t work, they can’t earn enough money for food,” she explained.
King said often families come and ask for certain food items, especially cereals. “I say, okay, come on down and we’ll see what we got — we have Cheerios and we’ve got Raisin Bran or Shreddies and that’s because of you guys.”
The principal asked the more than 400 Grandin students seated on the gym floor if they had eaten breakfast. Almost all raised their hands.
“Some of our kids, they eat breakfast at our school. We provide breakfast for them and this morning they had cereal. Why? Because of you, because you are able to offer that to them.”
Some of Mother Teresa’s families use the school’s food bank because parents can’t find work.
King challenged her audience to imagine what would happen to them if they didn’t have breakfast or lunch.
“Just think, would you be able to learn? You’d probably be thinking only about food and how hungry you are,” she said. “But because you guys give us all this food our kids don’t have to worry about thinking about food. They can think about learning just like you.”
Student Nicholas Villeneuve, 11, brought canned vegetables, pasta and Jello. “As Christians, it’s our duty to help others,” he said. “They are our brothers and sisters.”
Toni Welsh is horrified at how much food is wasted in Western societies while people go hungry. “We must pay attention to what we are throwing away.”