Caledonia School Staff And Students Help Pick Corn For The Food Shelf

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Caledonian School freshman Kelsey Lee and junior Brittany Smith pick corn at Ben Gates’ farm in Barnet. The corn was donated to the St. Johnsbury Food Shelf.

Staff and students from The Caledonia School in St. Johnsbury came to the aid of the local food shelf by helping to pick corn at a field owned by Ben Gates in Barnet on Sept. 19.

According to Ramona "Angel" Letourneau, who has been instrumental in organizing the Angel Tree for the school every year, Ben traditionally plants and then donates a field of corn to the St. Johnsbury Food Shelf. The only stipulation is the corn must be picked by volunteers. Fran and Ted Merchant from the food shelf needed help, and the students came to their aid. For about two hours, students and staff picked corn and filled the back of one the teacher's trucks with 20-plus burlap sacks overflowing with corn. The corn was then delivered directly to the food shelf.

The Caledonia School is an approved, independent high school owned by NFI Vermont, a non-profit devoted to supporting children and families for the last 30 years. Community service is not new to The Caledonia School; it's an integral part of their mission. This October will mark their fifth annual Hike for Giving which benefits both H.O.P.E. in Lyndonville and The Co-Op Christmas in St. Johnsbury. In 2011 they participated in The Parking Meter Project artistically enhancing the parking meters along Railroad Street in St. Johnsbury. Traditionally every November they open their doors to the community for their Community Holiday meal.

For more information about The Caledonia School, call (802) 748-4424.

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