Students run to aid food bank

The students and staff at École Puntledge Park Elementary took part in their first Jingle Bell Run to aid the Comox Valley Food Bank.

ÉCOLE PUNTLEDGE PARK students went on their first Jingle Bell Run to help the food bank.

ÉCOLE PUNTLEDGE PARK students went on their first Jingle Bell Run to help the food bank.

The students and staff at École Puntledge Park Elementary took part in their first Jingle Bell Run recently to aid the Comox Valley Food Bank.

Over 450 students and staff were decked out in jingle bells, and classes were buddied up for a run/jog through the Puntledge Park neighbourhood.

Spirits were high as the procession of students jingled and jangled through the streets. Every student also had a donation of food for the food bank in hand.

The food bank estimates that the school donated over $700 worth of food for families in need.

Everyone ended up together on the Lake Trail Middle School upper field where the intermediate students took all of the food and ran it the rest of the way to the food bank. The primary students stayed on the field to play games with Mr. Moore.

When the intermediates returned, everyone jingled away to the tune of jingle bells. Organizers said it was a magical moment and the sense of community was palpable.

When the students returned to the school there were Christmas carols and hot chocolate for every student supplied by Mud Sharks.  A big thank you to Mud Sharks and also to the Lake Trail leadership class for walking with our students and for playing games on the field.  Thanks also to the parent volunteers for keeping everyone safe along the route.

Plans are already in place for the first Valentine’s Day walk.

— École Puntledge Park Elementary