Thursday November 26, 2015
Orchard School’s food drive culminated with a visit to the Chittenden Food Shelf to deliver the 1,115 items that were collected from a very thoughtful school community. Tracy Garland’s fifth grade class excitedly displayed the unbelievable final total at a Friday whole school morning meeting. Students were then surprised by an unexpected personal video message of thanks from Newbery Medal winning author, Katherine Applegate, who spearheaded the nationwide effort to raise awareness of childhood hunger.
Working together to load and then unload the bus of countless boxes of donated items at the food shelf inspired this comment from Orchard student Carter, “I love thinking of how happy the hungry people will be when they see all the food we donated.”
After weighing all of the boxes, the students learned that the total load was 1130 pounds – over half a ton. Tour leaders, Anna and Chef Midhat, engaged the group with many facts about the food shelf and its beneficiaries. Taste-testing the chef’s specially prepared baked carrots was a delicious way to end the hour-long visit.
In a written reflection after the trip, fifth grader Molly expressed, “I think that just being a part of something that matters a lot in the world can make a big impact on others and yourself. Having everybody in our school community donate food can show you how much people care and how much people want hunger to stop.”
It is a feeling shared by the entire Orchard School community.