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Waxhaw Elementary Students Feed 25 Families

Fifth-grade Waxhaw Elementary students load some of the 2,742 items of canned and dry food that were collected during the school’s fifth-anniversary food drive.

Twenty-five families had a lot to be thankful for during this holiday season thanks to the efforts of students at Waxhaw Elementary School.

A total of 2,742 items of canned and dry food were collected during the fifth-anniversary food drive at the school, the brainchild of the school’s Spanish teacher Ginger Polk.

“The food drive is a way for me to teach my students about being culturally sensitive and how it feels to help others less fortunate,” Polk said. “It is my job to teach culture and language. What better way of doing this than putting words into actions. We talked about all the different cultures in our school and how we should be sensitive to everyone. The food drive is one way we give back to the community.”

For the past five years, starting on the first day of November, students at the school collect food for the food drive, continuing most of the month. They stop collecting the day before Thanksgiving break.

Once the collection is complete, each of the chosen families schedules a time during the week of Thanksgiving to come and “shop” for food items with their children. The student council representatives help take the boxes of food to the cars. The family also had the choice of a ham or turkey.

“I love seeing the smiling faces of the students that come with their parents to shop,” Polk said. “I am giving them more boxes to fill as the parents are telling them not to take so much food.”  

Polk said she was touched by comments made by one of her students who wrote in her Writers’ Workshop Notebook that she was thankful that her dad was able to put food on their table even though they were very poor and didn’t have much food. Because of the food drive, this family will now be able to eat through the Christmas holiday.

“It’s not just about Thanksgiving,” Polk said. “It’s about giving, and our students learn this first hand through the food drive.”

Written by: Tiffany Brown
Posted: Dec 09, 2009 by Kimberly Thomas

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