Noble Central shows the spirit of giving

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NOBLEFORD – Chalk it up as a win-win-win situation.

The larger southern Alberta community, staff and students at Noble Central School and one lucky pig were all winners at the Fill a Tractor Food Drive at Noble Central School recently.

The third annual food drive saw students from kindergarten to Grade 12 collect non-perishable food items in support of the food bank operated by the North County Interfaith Outreach Society in Picture Butte.

The goal of the campaign, which was led by NCS student council, was to fill the cabs of two large tractors donated for the day by a pair of Nobleford businesses. Students distributed donation bags to residents in the days leading up to the event to encourage community involvement.

A strong push on the final day, which began with a pancake breakfast organized by the school council and parent-volunteers, helped the school exceed its goals. The event also helped students learn the value of citizenship and engagement at a time when support services like rural food banks are in such demand.

The day was also a chance to celebrate the school’s recent success in its Heart & Stroke Jump Rope for Heart event.

A challenge was issued at the time, with four staff members ­– teachers  Karma Brown, Ashley McLeod and Phil Uren, along with Principal Greg Rollingson – to kiss a pig if the students met or exceeded the $2,000 goal.

It was announced at the pancake breakfast that students had actually raised $3,625. While the three others were presented with the opportunity to kiss pig by-products or stuffed stand-ins, Rollingson drew the short straw and planted not one, but two kisses on the snout of a lucky pig.