SHELBURNE -- The Renaissance School recently donated over $4,000 to the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger (VTECH). The money was raised by the children of Heartworks and the Renaissance School, with donations coming from families, friends and local businesses. VTECH program director Joanne Heidkamp stopped by the Renaissance School on Monday, December 17, to accept a check in the amount of $4163.37. Heidkamp thanked the school for supporting VTECHs cause. Students also helped the cause by donating their own money, with one child donating 37 cents from her own penny collection. It was amazing how much money we raised as a school this year., Eve Dubois, Principal of The Renaissance School. This is the most weve ever raised. The money went to the 11th Annual Hike for Hunger event. In all, $20,000 was raised to help promote school meal programs, summer meal sites, expanding the food stamp program, increasing access to the Child and Adult Care Food Program and education programs statewide. This years fundraiser was one of the most successful events on record. Hikers from the Renaissance School included about 100 students, as well as teachers and parents. Shelburne Farms hosted the hike on a 2.5 mile loop, which began at Lone Tree Hill and ended at Sheeps Knoll. The annual Hiker for Hunger event takes place every fall and invites students from schools throughout Vermont to walk and hike for the purpose of raising funds and awareness about hunger issues in Vermont.