Scarier than any costume is the hunger that many people face every day. On October 31, 2011, students at Bayside Secondary School will once again be going door-to-door, but not for candy. This Halloween, approximately 70 of Bayside’s students will be visiting homes in Bayside, Belleville, Frankford, Stirling and Trenton to collect non-perishable food items for Gleaners Food Bank (Belleville), Trenton Care & Share Food Bank (Quinte West) and the Stirling Community Cupboard.
“This is the third time our students have organized a Halloween for Hunger campaign. In the previous two years, we have collected a total of over 4,000 non-perishable food items. We managed to increase the amount of food collected last year by 40 percent by extending the food collection time by one hour,” said Emily Young, BSS teacher.
Students in Young’s Leadership class are keeping the tradition of helping the local community alive by organizing Bayside’s 3rd Annual Halloween for Hunger campaign.
“It’s frightening to realize that food banks rely on the local community for seventy percent of food that’s donated. Halloween for Hunger gives teens the opportunity to feel like they are making a difference in the lives of others,” said Kelsie Sills and Adrianna MacKay, Bayside SS students and Halloween for Hunger Co-chairs.
On Monday, October 31, from 5:00 to 8:00 p..m. student participants will be going door-to-door to houses in the Quinte area, trick or treating for as many non-perishable food items as possible. Students will have identification indicating that they are participating in the Halloween for Hunger Campaign. Homes that will be visited by students will receive a flyer a week in advance of Halloween to communicate further information. Thanks to the generous support of Dewe’s Independent Grocer, FreshCo in Belleville and Foodland stores in Stirling and Frankford, students will be able to use shopping carts to transport food items.
Bayside Secondary School  (BSS) provides a dynamic learning environment to approximately 850 students. The school excels in many different areas including academics, athletics, arts, technology and student leadership. Past achievements are impressive, as showcased on the school website. BSS offers a French Immersion program along with other specialty programs including International Studies, Communications Technology and EcoBound, a unique multi-credit package for senior students, as well as the most extensive Advanced Placement program in the area. These are in addition to the many other excellent curricular and extracurricular programs at the school.
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