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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Loretto College Food Drive
This year Loretto College School held its Annual Advent Food Drive from Monday December 5 to Friday December 16. The food drive was organized by our Chaplaincy/Peer Ministry Team co-ordinated by Mrs. Caprara, Loretto College School Teacher-Chaplain. All non-perishable food and household items have been donated to St. Francis Table/St. Clare Centre. Our goal was to reach 1500 items; instead, we raised over 2300 items!
 
To help us achieve our goal we had put in place three incentives:
  • If we reached 1500 items, the whole school would receive a free Civvies day in February.
  • For the homeroom class that collected the highest amount of food items, on average, per student, would receive a free Tim Horton’s Breakfast. The winner this year was Mr. Cleary’s Grade 11 Religion class who averaged a whopping 22.77 items per student!
  • For every 2 items a student brought in they would receive 1 ballot form (if they bring in 4 items, they receive 2 ballots, and so on). The ballots went into a draw for an X-Box 360 Kinnect generously donated by our Trustee Frank D’Amico. The winner this year was grade 11 student Elisabeth Fernandes.
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When asked what they learned about the experience, many of the peer ministers responded in the same way:
  • “I like how the community gathered together for a good cause; it showed our generosity and compassion which are so important t the nurturing of our Catholic community.” – Melissa Pataray, grade 12 student
  • “Seeing the generosity of others made me want to donate more of my time to this common goal for our neighbours.” – Ann Jose, grade 12 student
  • “It was a wonderful sight to see the intense motivation of our school to reach our goal. Because we surpassed it, I believe we transcended the competition aspect of it.” – Rachel Retamales, grade 12 student
  • “It is so important for us to come together as a community to help those in need. After all, we are our brothers and sisters’ keeper.” – Ariel Aversa, grade 10 student
  • “This food drive experience has enriched my heart and soul. I’ve learned that we should always put others before ourselves, especially those in need. In religion we learn about the preferential option for the poor and I think these results show that we understand that concept. I truly hope that the people we helped will have a good Christmas.” – Marlena da Costa, grade 10 student
 
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all in our community who contributed to help our neighbours in need.
 
 
Bottom (Left to Right): Ann Jose, Rachel Retamales, Anna Aala, Ariel Aversa; Top (Left to Right): Marlena da Costa, Melissa Pataray, Mr. F. D’Amico (Trustee)
 
 
(Left to Right): Elisabeth Fernandes, Mr. F. D’Amico (Trustee)
 
Bottom (Left to Right): Ann Jose, Melissa Pataray, Rachel Retamales, Anna Aala, Ariel Aversa: Top (Left to Right): Marlena da Costa, Ms. S. Pilon (Vice-Principal), Sister M.L. Flett (Vice-Principal), Mrs. L. Caprara (Chaplain), Mr. F. D’Amico (Trustee)