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McRoberts students fight hunger fright

Hillary Cheng shows some of the bounty collected at Hugh McRoberts Secondary this week for the Richmond Food Bank. Also pictured, from left: Wilson Lin, Lauren Nicolaas, Theo Guevara and William Enns.  - Matthew Hoekstra photo
Hillary Cheng shows some of the bounty collected at Hugh McRoberts Secondary this week for the Richmond Food Bank. Also pictured, from left: Wilson Lin, Lauren Nicolaas, Theo Guevara and William Enns.
— image credit: Matthew Hoekstra photo

Students at Hugh McRoberts Secondary employed a few tricks to generate treats for the Richmond Food Bank this week.

A Halloween-themed food drive and fundraiser themed “We Scare Hunger” urged students to contribute non-perishable food items to those less fortunate in Richmond.

“Students are getting involved in this fundraiser because it’s important to help the rest of the community whenever we can,” said Hillary Cheng, a Grade 12 student.

“Especially as the winter is approaching, by donating to the food bank we’re helping those less fortunate than us have one less thing to worry about.”

Plenty of school groups were involved in the campaign, organized in part by Cheng and fellow Grade 12 student Lauren Nicolaas. The social justice club challenged homerooms to collect food and vie for a pizza party. Grad students and the catering club also held Halloween-themed fundraisers.

Today, drama club is hosting a haunted house, and student council is organizing a Halloween fashion show. Admission to each is with a food or cash donation.

The local students’ work is part of a much larger campaign organized by the Free the Children charity to mobilize youth around local hunger issues.

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