6:30 a.m., April 28)
PS hosts third annual multicultural potluck dinner
By Fred Sherwin
native hoop dancer performs during the multicultural
potluck dinner at Avalon Public School Friday
night. Fred Sherwin/Photo
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
Shannens 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.
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.
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.
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.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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