The Canadian Freerice School Challenge just came to an end. Spearheaded by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in collaboration with Freerice.com, the Challenge encouraged Canadian students to help their school raise the most rice while learning vocabulary, language, math, geography or science skills. The winning school gets a specially designed plaque signed by George - the WFP's Canadian Ambassador Against Hunger - as well as ten signed Freerice t-shirts.
The Challenge ran for a month starting November 1st and ending yesterday. The winning school is St. Mary in Brantford, Ontario, and they have a pretty great story. Students at St. Mary only joined the Freerice Challenge seven days before the end date - and they had some catching up to do. The leader at that point was Cape Croker Elementary School, with over 500,000 grains of rice. St. Mary students, as well as their family and friends, worked hard to jump from last place to second in a matter of days. In the process, the contest really heated up, with both schools jumping to over 1,000,000 grains as of yesterday, November 30th.
In the end, after a long day of competition, the final tally was 1,307,490 for St. Mary and 1,194,150 for Cape Croker. But as St. Mary points out on their website, the real winners "are the people of Cambodia who will receive the rice earned by both schools". Students from just those two schools were able to feed 130 people who otherwise wouldn't have had anything to eat. Congratulations to the winners, and to all the students and schools that participated!
The Challenge may be finished, but Freerice.com is still going strong. Visit the site and give some grain right here. And to learn more about the program, check out the video below: