Since September, the students partnered with us on a service learning project about hunger in Connecticut. According to TAG program leaders, service learning provides students with the opportunity to make a difference in their community. And did they ever!
Last night the ambitious boys and girls held an Expo to present the results of their hard work. They raised funds through bake sales, held a walkathon, sponsored a “crazy hat day” fundraiser at school and scheduled restaurant “give back” nights where a portion of the dining room sales were donated to Connecticut Food Bank. Food drives were held, and volunteer hours were given at local soup kitchens, our Thanksgiving food drives and in our warehouses. All with the goal of helping hungry men, women and children right in their own community.
With event themes like Hope for the Hungry, Help Halt Hunger, Walk Out Hunger, Don’t Turn Away from Hunger and more, the students’efforts surpassed the expectations of their teachers, parents and food bank staff.
The creativity and dedication of the TAG students resulted in $3.845.76 and 569 pounds of food donated to Connecticut Food Bank. Remember, these are fifth graders!
Although the service learning project is completed, the students’ work is not over. As we thanked one girl for her hard work she told us she will continue to spread the word about hunger and raise funds. She said, “Thank you for allowing me to be an advocate for Connecticut Food Bank.”
It was an honor and privilege to work with the students over the last few months. We thank them, their teachers, families and supporters. We look forward to seeing the future accomplishments of these outstanding anti-hunger advocates.