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Food for thought – Students turn classroom curriculum into service for others

January 28, 2015

A group of students from Ridgevalley School in Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) will give up their lunch break on Thursday, opting to feed others instead. The school’s foods class, made up of 16 junior high students and two senior high student-assistants, will join forces with the Salvation Army by preparing and serving a meal to Grande Prairie’s less fortunate.

“Serving the meal was completely the students’ idea,” says Chrissy Armbruster, Ridgevalley’s foods and social studies teacher. “They were sitting around at the end of class about a month ago, when a student suggested that they should cook some food and take it to the homeless. As the idea began to take shape, they decided what they wanted to cook, and then the planning and shopping started right away.”

The meal prep will be completed at the school and brought to Grande Prairie’s Salvation Army Soup Kitchen located on 102nd Street. A lunch consisting of stew, biscuits and chocolate chip cookies will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

“We are very proud of this initiative. Whenever our students come up with an idea to serve others, we like to jump right in and help support that as much as possible,” adds Ms. Armbruster.

In addition to serving a meal to those in need, the students also held a very successful clothing drive, resulting in a dozen large bags of clothing which will also be delivered to the Salvation Army on Thursday.

Photo: The foods class at Ridgevalley School has been busy prepping food for the lunch they will serve at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen in Grande Prairie on Thursday, January 29, 2015.