Our students and teachers had been collecting food since the beginning of February. Today, we gathered it and lined it all up in the hallway outside of my classroom. I lost count but there were close to 2000 items. It makes me so proud to live and work in such a great community.
Our school is a K-5 school and I know that the older students understand why we do these food drives, but when my five and six year old students see that number of bags and the amount of food, the looks on their face is priceless. The best part is that they realize why we are doing this. We talk about how there are people in our own neighborhoods who cannot afford things as simple as food and it doesn’t take a lot of effort to make a difference. Even at such a young age, they are demonstrating a social responsibility and helping others.
The bags I purchased yesterday worked out even better than I thought they would. We stuffed them as much as we could. At the end of the day, close to 150 bags and boxes of food were packed and ready to go. I am so grateful to the teachers, students and parents who helped to pack up cars and deliver the food. It would have never have gotten done without their help. I am especially grateful to one former dad, Chris, who still comes back and helps us out every year even though his daughters no longer attend our school and to my husband Dave who comes and helps with all of my “projects” all of the time.
I don’t do these projects to get praise and accolades from others. I do it to raise awareness. If we, as parents and teachers, can begin to instil empathy in children at a young age, perhaps we can inspire them to continue to make contributions to society as they grow.