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(Posted 6:30 a.m., April 28)
Avalon PS hosts third annual multicultural potluck dinner

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

A native hoop dancer performs during the multicultural potluck dinner at Avalon Public School Friday night. Fred Sherwin/Photo

More than 400 people crowded into the Avalon Public School gymnasium on Friday night to take part in the school's third annual multicultural potluck dinner.

With 45 nationalities represented among the school's 685 students, the menu was as eclectic as you can imagine. Everything from Indian rice pulau to Thai pad noodles was offered up on along a 96-foot buffet table.

But before everyone could dig in, they were treated to some entertainment provided by the students, kicked off by a traditional Chinese lion dance and topped off by a native Indian hoop dance.

The ticket prices a low $2 per family, the event was sold out in just two days. Proceeds from the dinner will be go to benefit Shannen's Dream,

Shannen Koostachin was a member Attawapiskat First Nation in Northern Ontario. She worked tirelessly to try and convince the federal government to provide equitable funding to First Nations schools before she was tragically killed in a car accident in 2010 at the age of 15.

The Shannen’s Dream Campaign was launched in November, 2010 during a special ceremony at Elgin Stree Public School attended by Shannen's parents and other members of the Attawapiskat reserve. The goal of the campaign is to raise enough money to repalce the portables the children of Attawapiskat now use with a permanent school.

Avalon vice-principal and event emcee Jennifer Anderson was thrilled with both the level of participation among the school's parents and staff, including event coordinator Long Ly, and the turnout.

The multicultural potluck dinner is just one of several fundraisers the students and staff at Avalon Public School organize and take part in. The school will be holdiing its annual Medieval Fair in May and they will be teaming up with the Jim Keay Ford dealership in Orléans for a unique fundraising camoaign as well.

Jim Keay will be offering test drives of Ford's newest vehicle, the Ford Ezcape, at the school and, in turn, they will be donating $20 to the school for every test drive taken up to a maximum of $6,000.

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