Second graders at Shady Side Academy Junior School collected more than 1,000 non-perishable food items in the annual Second Grade Food Drive.
On Thursday, Nov. 18, the class took a field trip to deliver the busload of donations to the Deacons' food pantry at the FPCE, in time to be distributed to local families in need for Thanksgiving. The Junior School has partnered with the church on the annual food drive for more than 20 years.
Each year as an interdisciplinary service project, the second grade spearheads a school-wide food drive during the month prior to Thanksgiving. Collection boxes are placed around the Junior School, and second graders take on the task of educating their schoolmates about hunger and encouraging them to support the drive. Students use their art skills to create posters and flyers promoting the drive; practice their public speaking skills by making announcements at assembly; and use their math skills to count the items they collect each week.