Ecole francophone d'Airdrie

Ecole francophone d'Airdrie

December 11, 2013 10:00 ET

REPEAT: Middle School Sleeps Outside to Raise Money for Food Bank

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Dec. 11, 2013) - Members of the media are invited to a 24-hour fundraiser where a group of middle school students will spend 24 hours outside.

On Thursday December 12, around 50 grade 7 - 10 students will brave the cold and sleep outside in cardboard boxes to fundraise for the Airdrie Food Bank's new building.

The students attend École Francophone d'Airdrie, a UNESCO school (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) that puts a very strong focus on human rights issues. This is the third year the school has organized this event.

"The goal is to allow students to understand the plight of homelessness by having them experience it first hand," said Céline Tassé, Vice-Principal of the school.

"Each year the students support the Airdrie Food Bank while raising awareness of the issue of world hunger and addressing the issue within our community."

École francophone d'Airdrie will also be welcoming Corporal Paul Franklin, a war veteran who was featured on George Strombolopolous' show, with regards to his accomplishments as a soldier.

Corporal Franklin lost both of his legs in combat and the school will be presenting him with a cheque of $1,000 - money they received from the Alberta Teachers Association for their the 24hr fundraiser last year.

Date: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Interviews with students/teachers:
(cameras allowed)
9:30a.m-11:30a.m (for interviews as students prep to sleep outside) or
1:30p.m. - 3:30p.m. (during ceremony with Corporal Franklin)
Location: École francophone d'Airdrie
2654 Chinook Winds
Airdrie, Alberta

Contact Information

  • Ecole francophone d'Airdrie
    Joelle Croteau-Willard
    Community Liaison Officer
    (403) 926-6422