Breakfast is the best way to get a fresh start to your day. So on December 19, you are invited to a pancake breakfast at Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute (VCI) from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Admission is free, but you are invited to pay what you can, knowing that your donations will be going to VCI’s Canada 150 Project.
Which brings us back to the fresh start. The school is also collecting non-perishable food items or personal, household items to create 150 “Fresh Start” bags for those who may be having to start life anew.

The need to start over might happen as the result of a tragedy, a fire, or personal circumstances, says VCI Principal Angela Grandy. So the school is aiming to prepare 150 bags as part of the “Fresh Start” project.

The school regularly holds a Christmas breakfast at the school, for staff, students and bus drivers, but this year, Grandy says, it was decided to open up the event to the community.

If you want to do more than contribute a few items to the “Fresh Start” project, you can pick up a brown grocery bag at VCI and fill it yourself, returning it to the school as soon as you can.
The “Fresh Start” project is an initiative of the school’s Interact Club, which is a service-oriented student club, connected to Rotary. VCI teacher Natalie Kouao is working with the Interact Club.
The Interact Club is aiming to donate as many “Fresh Start” bags as possible to the food bank by the end of the day on December 19, and hopes to meet its 150-bag goal in 2017, at the latest.
For information, call 613-678-2023.