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Perri Perrault: Kids help hungry

Community: Students start canned-food drive

Posted: November 29, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: November 29, 2011 1:30 a.m.

The students at Oak Hills Elementary School in Valencia are helping to feed hungry people in the Santa Clarita Valley, one can at a time.

Our fourth-grade theme this year is Peace/Helping the World. The teachers wanted to help the students learn that peace and change in the world begins with one person, one step at a time.

We talked about global, national, state and community problems.

We discussed hunger, and many of the students didn’t realize there are people in our community who are struggling and need food for their families — maybe their own neighbors.

The students in my class figured out that if each student in the class brought in one can of food a week, that would be 30 cans per week — 120 cans per month. And that is just from our one class.

I would take the food to the local food distribution center for needy families in the community.

My goal was 30 cans of food per week. The first week, our class brought in 75 cans.

Soon the other fourth-grade classes wanted to bring in cans. Then the sixth-graders found out, and those students brought in cans.

Soon first-grade and kindergarten students were bringing in cans of food, too.

Since September, the students have contributed 518 canned food items. Every week, I fill up the trunk of my car and drive the cans to the SCV Food Pantry or Help the Children Santa Clarita.

The students at Oak Hills have certainly learned they are making a difference, one can of food at a time.

Penni Perrault is a fourth-grade teacher at Oak Hills Elementary School.


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