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Winnipeg students scare away hunger

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HOLY canned food, bags of pasta and jars of peanut butter, Batman et al, we got to sew and now we get to reap on Halloween!

For others, that is, specifically the hungry.

Dozens of students from Churchill High School will be unleashed on their neighbourhood to collect food Thursday evening for Winnipeg Harvest, joining untold hordes of young people fighting hunger across Canada Wednesday evening by enlisting in Free the Children's We Scare Hunger campaign.

Free the Children said the campaign raised more than 385,550 kilograms of food last year, and this year the goal is 453,592 kg (one million pounds) nationally.

The Churchill High students will be at We Day Wednesday morning at the MTS Centre, and they'll be pretty easy to spot -- 45 students who made their own superhero costumes and four staff dressed as We Scare Hunger cans made by education assistant Barb Ediger.

Gosh -- how will anyone know which one is Ediger? "With capes and all," Ediger laughed Tuesday. "One is six-foot-three, one is six-foot-one, one is normal size, and then there's me, I'm four-foot-11."

Churchill students got involved in We Scare Hunger last year, but this year, through the school's Peace Learners group Ediger supervises, the students ramped it up big-time.

"We decided October would be hunger month at Churchill High School," she explained. There've been ongoing events to collect food for Winnipeg Harvest, such as a movie night for which admission was a canned good.

The students made their own costumes and they're eager to help, she said -- the challenge is getting students in grades 7 to 12 to overcome the potential embarrassment of going trick-or-treating alongside munchkins.

So everyone in Riverview, Lord Roberts and environs should have a few cans and other non-perishables handy, but just to make these kids feel they're part of the special night, chances are they wouldn't say no to a little chocolate, too.

nick.martin@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 30, 2013 A6

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