Lafayette Elementary School loves to host a holiday food drive every year in October. The process: the children bring in food each week for 3 weeks and on Friday mornings Marianne Brent and a few other parents go around to each classroom to pick up and count the food items to determine the winner of the week. Once the food is collected and counted it is placed in the 4 barrels in front of the main office. Next begins the fun. The 4th grade teacher Nancy Beliveau has her students pull food from the barrels and bring it into the MU room. They do this until all of the food is on the black line on the floor. Next the students take the food, one item at a time, and place it in the appropriate Food Bank boxing category. Once all of the food is boxed, the box lids are closed and the food is taken back to the Food Bank. For week 2 and week 3, a different 4th grade class joins Nancy Beliveau’s students for the boxing. The experienced students find a partner from the other class and work as a team to retrieve the food and place it in the correct boxes until all of the food is sorted/boxed.
The Food Bank’s goal? Bring the Food Bank to the students so they can experience volunteering plus this process has increased our food collections. At the end of the 3rd Friday, the students had collected and boxed 2,551 pounds of food. It was great to watch the teamwork, the smiles and great questions as the students volunteered. The students added love to every food item they touched. Nancy also took the next step in education by adding in lesson plans about food categories and what are the best foods to help others.
Thank you Marianne Brent and parent helpers, teacher Nancy Beliveau. Lafayette Elementary School faculty, students and parents for making the food drive such a success and for sharing volunteering and compassion with these wonderful children.
By the way, the prize for the class that brought in the most food? A field trip to the Food Bank. I think we are the ultimate winners: food and future Food Bank volunteers!