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Rheems Elementary School holds Thanksgiving Food Drive

November 14, 2019- Rheems Elementary School students put the word “giving” in Thanksgiving as part of a school-wide food drive to help local families in need this holiday season. For a week in early November, each grade level at the school was assigned a food group to donate. Kindergarteners brought in cereal and soup. First graders collected canned vegetables. Second graders donated stuffing and instant mashed potatoes. Third graders brought in canned vegetables and gravy.
Students from Rheems Elementary proudly display the food items collected during the school's food drive
At the end of the week, hundreds of non-perishable food items were collected. The donated food items are being sorted into food boxes for the local families to brighten up their Thanksgiving season. The school’s PTO will also be chipping in by supplying each food box with a turkey voucher to a local grocery store and a dessert item. Leftover food items will be donated to the local food bank.

To show their appreciation, the school’s faculty and support staff wrote notes of appreciation to each student in the school on paper feathers that were used to construct four giant paper turkeys in the lobby of the school.

As part of the District’s Life Ready Model, student participation in altruistic projects extends learning beyond the four walls of our school system. These experiences empower students to give back to their community and build the foundation to become productive adult citizens.