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SCDSB #ChooseGiving: Almost 50,000 items collected for local charitiesDecember 22, 2017 Category: NewsBack to News Page

​A total of 48,991 food items, toys and clothing items were collected by Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) schools that took part in the Holiday Cheer Challenge.

For the eleventh year, Forest Hill Public School’s Global Action team issued the challenge to other schools to collect food, toys, hats, mittens and monetary donations. The items were donated to various organizations around Simcoe County, including local food banks, toy drives and charitable organizations, including Barrie and Area Christmas Cheer.

“We want to acknowledge all schools and Learning Centres across the county that participated in activities to support families in need this time of year,” says Jennifer Watson, teacher at Forest Hill PS and organizer of the challenge. “This is amazing participation in the spirit of giving during the holiday season.”

The ‘winner’ is based on the most number of items collected on a per student basis. The top five schools are:

  1. Minesing Central Public School
    Total: 7,655.85 Items = 15.44 items per student

  2. Forest Hill Public School
    Total: 6,996.18 items = 10.32 items/student

  3. Shanty Bay Public School
    Total: 1,194 items = 8.47 items/student

  4. Alcona Glen Elementary School
    Total: 5,504 items = 8.18 items/student

  5. Worsley Elementary School
    Total: 4,212 items =  7.31 items/student
The following schools also participated in the challenge or organized charitable drives:
Boyne River Public School
Total: 3,201 items = 6.81 items/student
Codrington Public School
Total: 1,781.25 items = 6.62items/student
Ernest Cumberland Elementary School
Total: 3,252 items = 5.81 items/student
Wyevale Central Public School
Total: 1,470 items = 5.65 items/student
Birchview Dunes Elementary School
Total: 3,677 items = 5.32 items/student
Oakley Park Public School
Total: 1,656 items = 5.22 items/student
Lake Simcoe Public School
Total: 2,044 items = 4.70 items/student
Tosorontio Central Public School
Total: 1,550 items = 4.28 items/student
Mapleview Heights Elementary School
Total: 2,885 items = 4.67 items/student
W.R. Best Memorial Elementary School
Total: 1,717 items = 4.53 items/student
Guthrie Public School
Total: 2,031 items = 4.45 items/student
Tosorontio Central Public School
Total: 1,550 items = 4.28 items/student
West Bayfield Elementary School
Total: 2,186.5 items = 4.13 items/student
Cookstown Central Public School
Total: 2,480 items = 4.05 items/student
East Oro Public School
Total: 1,019 items = 4.01 items/student
Bayview Public School
Total: 1,240 items = 3.65 items/student
Huronia Centennial Elementary School
Total: 1,866 items = 3.13 items/student
Bayview Public School
Total: 1,005 items = 3.01 items/student
Huron Park Public School
Total: 998 items = 2.78 items/student
Hillcrest Public School
Total: 1,209 items = 2.56 items/student
Sunnybrae Public School
Total: 647 items = 1.62 items/student
Jennifer Watson, Learning Centre Teacher
Forest Hill PS