Rheems Elementary School and Bainbridge Elementary School recently held food drives to benefit needy families in the community.
For a week in early November, each grade level at Rheems was assigned a food group to donate. Kindergarteners brought in cereal and soup. First graders collected canned vegetables. Second graders donated stuffing and instant mashed potatoes. Third graders brought in canned vegetables and gravy.
At the end of the week, hundreds of non-perishable food items were collected. The donated food items are being sorted into food boxes for the local families to brighten up their Thanksgiving season. The school’s Parent-Teacher Organization will also be chipping in by supplying each food box with a turkey voucher to a local grocery store and a dessert item. Leftover food items are being donated to the local food bank.
To show their appreciation, the school’s faculty and support staff wrote notes of appreciation to each student in the school on paper feathers that were used to construct four giant paper turkeys in the lobby of the school.
At Bainbridge, as a result of the weeklong effort to collect non-perishable food items, 25 families in need in the Bainbridge community will be provided with a food basket stocked full with many of the items needed for a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
Additionally, students brought in household items such as paper towels, napkins, plasticware, toothbrushes, and toothpaste to go along with the food baskets. The school’s PTO added gift certificates for a turkey.
The annual food drive has become a tradition at the school and was once again enthusiastically supported by the school’s students, faculty, and staff.
As part of the Elizabethtown Area School District’s Life Ready Model, student participation in altruistic projects extends learning beyond the walls of the school system. These experiences empower students to give back to their community and build the foundation to become productive adult citizens.