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F.P. Walshe students hold Thanksgiving food drive

Maj. Brian Beveridge of the Salvation Army accepts food collected by F.P. Walshe school students for the food bank in Fort Macleod.

The Salvation Army Food Bank in Fort Macleod was the winner of a little friendly competition at F.P. Walshe school.
Six grades at F.P. Walshe school competed in a Thanksgiving food drive that wrapped up with a big donation Thursday to the Salvation Army.
“The kids really got into it,” teacher Chris Schalk said. “Some of our students were going out and spending a good chunk of their own money to get some food.”
Students brought in non-perishable food items from Sept. 19 to Oct. 6 in the competition between grades.
The Grade 11 and Grade 12 classes tied for top spot as the grades to collect the most food for the Salvation Army.
The food drive was organized by the F.P. Walshe school student council.
“One of the first activities they thought of was to do a food drive for Thanksgiving,” Schalk said. “It was student council’s first event of the year.”
On Thursday afternoon the Salvation Army picked up the food piled in the school foyer for delivery to the food bank.
Maj. Brian Beveridge said the Salvation Army views efforts such as those by the F.P. Walshe students as valuable.
“It’s extremely important,” Maj. Beveridge said. “That is how we keep feeding people.”
The demand for the food bank’s services in Fort Macleod continues to grow, Maj. Beveridge said.
“We’re just so blessed to be the conduit through which the community supports other people of the community,” Maj. Beveridge said.

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