Bloomsdale Elementary conducted a canned food drive organized by two lead groups, the Student Lighthouse group and the Community Outreach group.
This was the first year that these two groups have coordinated this event.
The school collected 1,567 items altogether. The winning class for bringing in the most donations was Nichole Schenck’s preschool class with 458 items. In second place was Ashley Grein’s first-grade class, and third was Dana Bowen’s third grade class.
“This is what our lead group is about, helping the community,” fifth-grader Alex Sartori said. “We thought we should try to help people who need food this time of year.”
From planning to organizing the donations, the students planned it all out. They wrote and typed up letters for classrooms to send home, created posters and sorted the donations as they came in. They requested nonperishable items, including cans of food, cereal, noodles, and peanut butter. They also asked for some hygienic products like toothpaste.
“It took a lot of time and effort and teamwork,” fifth-grader Lilly Crossland said. “We all had a lot of fun doing this project together.”
(Information from the Ste. Genevieve R-II School District.)