Last week Rustie and I had the opportunity to join a class of grade 5 students at École St. Andrew along with other members of the local media and even some Saskatchewan celebrities for an event called “Food for Families”. Each of us was paired up with a student to paint plates with supplies provided by Best Buy and Heather Laird from Ceramics Plus. We were told to use our creativity and let our imaginations run wild as the plates are to be auctioned off to raise money for the Regina Food Bank.
Rachel Ling, a teacher at École St. Andrew, says she came up with the idea for the project a while back and after covering a unit on “Making a Difference” with her students in English Language Arts this past fall she knew it was time to bring her idea to life. Rachel would like to acknowledge her fellow staff and supporters who helped her get this amazing initiative off the ground; an event which I’m sure will become an annual tradition with her grade 5 classes.
Later this week the plates will go through their first firing before receiving a glaze and a final firing and then they will be placed for auction on e-Bay. The plates will be sold as a set and all money raised will be donated back to the Regina Food Bank. Rachel says in the future she hopes to see the program expand to benefit families who don’t qualify for services from the food bank. Be on the look out for the plates on e-Bay next month to get your bid in on this one of a kind set!
A big thank you once again to Rachel and her students at École St. Andrew for a wonderful afternoon!
Above L to R: Wilf Perreault, Rory Allen, Henry Ripplinger