Sanford students organize food collected in their December food drive. Image courtesy of Sanford.
Sanford students raised more than 2,500 cans and boxes of non-perishable food during the school’s month-long food drive that ended right before winter break.
Seventh graders organized the drive – creating fliers, making posters, and collecting the food. They also thought it would be fun to make the food drive a competition between first-hour classes. The winning classroom donated an average of 33 items per student.
A majority of the food raised will go to families in need at Sanford, said Christina Davis the project’s lead organizer and Teen Outreach Program staff member. TOP works with seventh graders, teaching them life skills through a variety of programming, including service learning. The food drive is just one of the opportunities that students have to learn how they can help others in the community.
Davis explained that the food drive and other service learning projects have helped give some of the students a sense of purpose. She noted, “The kids are passionate about making change. The kids have realized that they’re making a difference, even if they might be getting the boxes.”
Congratulations to the students at Sanford!