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Halloween grad 'prank' for good cause

Ken Ip, Dayah Johal and Stephen Bolanos (foreground) and other Grade 12 students from Hugh McRoberts Secondary, are organizing a Halloween-themed food drive. Also among the organizers: Som Ghosh, Hillary McFarlane, Susan Lai, Monica Dhaliwal, Olivia Burns, Sean Li, Kevin Abad, Patrick Phleming and Audrey Chu.  - Matthew Hoekstra photo
Ken Ip, Dayah Johal and Stephen Bolanos (foreground) and other Grade 12 students from Hugh McRoberts Secondary, are organizing a Halloween-themed food drive. Also among the organizers: Som Ghosh, Hillary McFarlane, Susan Lai, Monica Dhaliwal, Olivia Burns, Sean Li, Kevin Abad, Patrick Phleming and Audrey Chu.
— image credit: Matthew Hoekstra photo

In the chill of the morning after Halloween, Grade 12 students barricaded the doors at Hugh McRoberts Secondary. But this wasn't an ordinary grad prank.

The barricade was a collage of cans filled with food and destined for the needy, part of a two-week-long Halloween for Hunger campaign.

Student trick-or-treaters were encouraged to collect cans—not just candy—on Halloween night, and food will continue to be collected this week at the school. The Tuesday morning display was built with help from teachers, and aimed at keeping the food drive alive.

"A lot of times, senior students do destructive graduation pranks, but this year McRoberts is determined to clear that stereotype," said Dayah Johal, a 17-year-old Grade 12 student who helped organize the event. "It was a really big grad secret to get awareness and kind of pump the school up about continuing to bring cans."

Students also raised cash by hosting a haunted house and costume fashion show—money that has bolstered the food collection. About 600 cans have been collected so far, and students are aiming for more.

Said Johal: "Six hundred is just the start."

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