SES kindergartners celebrate with a food drive

Posted by on March 5, 2012 in Shrewsbury Elementary, Southern York County School District | Comments Off

Chelsea Haridat counts and stacks her food items.

Publications/public information coordinator,
Southern York County School District

Glen Rock, Pa – Students throughout the Southern York County School District recently celebrated their 100th day of school with decorations, costumes, and projects. Kindergarten students at Shrewsbury Elementary School also participated in a community service project that combined observing the 100th day with helping people in need.

Matthew McNicholas groups his donated foods.

The students collected canned goods and other nonperishable foods for the Southern York County Food Pantry. From canned soups and vegetables, like corn and carrots, to pasta, spaghetti sauce, macaroni and cheese, and pancake mix, more than 220 food items were collected.

“Students talked about the idea of sharing food,” Instructional Assistant Barbara Kroner said. “They also counted and sorted the foods to incorporate math lessons with the many food items that were donated.”

During the collection period, just the kindergarten families donated the food items.

“My class brought in 84 items and Mrs. Schiding’s class was a super close second with 83,” Kindergarten Teacher Michelle Johns said. “The children grouped the food items by tens and we counted them. They also lined some up according to height and sorted a group of ten in their own way.”

The Southern York County Food Pantry is a co-op effort of 35 churches. For more than 30 years it has provided needed goods for area families. Once the items are donated, they get separated by food type and stored until they are needed. Southern Community Services helps distribute the food.

Kindergarten students and teachers dressed as 100-year-olds.