The students and staff of Meadows Elementary decided to make this school year one of giving back to the community that has given so much to them. In September, the students made bookmarks to be used by each other in their school library. In
October, they collected socks to donate to area clothing banks. November had the students decorating placemats for Meals on Wheels recipients and the residents at Atria Hearthstone. This month, however, the students tackled a much bigger project. For the past two weeks, the students have been collecting food items to give to those who might not be able to afford a nice holiday dinner. Their goal was to collect enough food to provide a meal for 50 local families.
All of their hard work paid off and this week the students eagerly went to work filling food boxes that will be distributed to area families. Each box was packed with a ham, potatoes, canned goods, bread and a pie. The students had a great time as they sorted and organized the donations. They were clearly happy to help those in need and realized their efforts would make a difference in the community.
Fifth grader Alexandra Rodriguez said, “This is a good opportunity for us to help people who don’t have food.” Classmate Ryker Burton agreed, saying, “We need to do this so starving people can eat and not go to bed hungry.”
Students who recognize the importance of giving to others, and schools that give them opportunities to do so, make Topeka Public Schools a great place to be!