Canned food drive held at Florence Elementary to help restock those in need. | Schools
FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) - Florence Elementary held a school wide canned food drive in November to collect basic staple items for those in need during this holiday season. The holiday season can be a tough time financially for everyone.
This year the second grade service learning project teamed up with Florence Resource Center an organization that we refer our families to throughout the year that provides basic necessities and assistances. The donated can goods will be used to restock the shelves of the Community Action Center that helps supports many local families.
During the week of November 12th thru November 16th, bags of can goods stood outside the classrooms waiting to be picked up by second graders, Samuel Bodenbender and Zachary Hopkins. They kept a record by class and grade level for charting. The second graders brought in the most items with a total of 323 canned vegetables. The entire school will be donating 877 items to families in need. Each grade level brought in specific items: Kindergarten and pre-school - peanut butter, 1st grade – pasta/spaghetti sauce, 2nd grade- canned vegetables, 3rd grade – canned soup/tuna, 4th grade – jelly/boxed rice, and 5th grade – macaroni and cheese.
All the items were delivered to the second graders for sorting and charting. The second graders learned about the food pyramid and which canned goods went in each category. They created a pyramid with a few of the canned goods. Each Day they charted the items coming in by food group and grade level. The students used the box or canned items to plan a healthy meal using all the food groups that were collected.
The project not only allowed the students to give back to the local community and possibly help Florence Elementary families but they learn some practical living lessons in math and health.