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Now you can show your school spirit and satisfy your hunger while giving back to charity.
River East Collegiate and Pita Pit North Main have teamed up to offer the Kodiak Pita for the month of January.
"A lot of the kids who work here told me about the Grade Wars thing, so we set up a meeting," explained Carson Douglas, owner of the Pita Pit North Main, which is located at 2360 Main St., a five-minute drive across the Kildonan Settlers Bridge from River East Collegiate.
In the lead up to Grade Wars, which is an annual event at REC organized by the school’s leadership team that aims to build school spirit and give back to the local community, students were encouraged to submit an idea for the Kodiak Pita.
"We had 60 entries, then narrowed it down to five per grade," explained Jeff Spark, a phys-ed teacher at REC who helps co-ordinate the Grade Wars event.
To help kick off the week long Grade Wars event, DJ Blitz from Virgin Radio came to River East in December. After sampling each of the students’ creations, a chicken and bacon based pita submitted by Grade 9 students Kaitlynn Anderson, Madelyn Pryzlak, Jocelyn Drobot and Mackenzie Baker was selected as the winner.
"It has buffalo chicken, with bacon, and added spinach and a few other veggies, with ranch and barbecue sauce," Spark said. "It’s something I wouldn’t have thought of myself, but it’s really good!"
The Kodiak Pita is available for $10 until Feb. 1. From each Kodiak Pita sold, $6 will go to the Children’s Hospital Research Foundation of Manitoba.
Along with the Kodiak Pita project, River East’s Grade Wars event included a food drive for Winnipeg Harvest and a turkey drive for Christmas hampers for local families.
"We looked Winnipeg Harvest’s most requested items, and tried to get those," Spark said. "We also brought in 62 turkeys. We made 14 hampers for families of students in our school, and the rest we divvied out to other places."
A winter clothing drive also resulted in a donation of 14 bags worth of winter clothes to Siloam Mission.
"This is something we want to continue, when we do things for a good cause that builds school spirit," Spark said. "The kids are amazing with it. Watching them come together and do great things for people in our community is great to see."
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