This week my daughter’s high school hosted a canned food drive for the Living Word Outreach Ministries. After buying items from my son’s school fundraiser and purchasing books during the book fair to help the school earn money towards their library, it was nice to help the school system give back to our local community in need.
Two weekends ago T spent four hours volunteering with her journalism class at the local food bank. She helped sort and organize all the donated cans to prepare for distribution to local families in need. She truly enjoyed getting up at 6am to join her fellow classmates to give back by donating their time. They had fun.
Seeing how the donated canned food helps others and how much goes into the process of feeding the hungry, it really gave her perspective when it came time for her school to ask for canned food. The high school offered some incentives to encourage teens to gather cans at home. They hosted a contest to allow a student to throw a pie in a faculty member’s face and some teaches even offered bonus points on a test grade.
I love that our public schools are teaching our children how important it is to build strong communities and help those around us. T drove her car down to the grocery store after youth group on Wednesday and picked up ten cans to donate.
Does your child’s school get them involved in helping your community?