From Feb. 3-18 of this year, a group of 20 students conducted a canned food drive at Northview High School. The two freshman classes collected non-perishable food items for the Brazil Food Pantry. Upon completing the unit on citizenship and community service in their Interpersonal Relationships class, the students wanted to do something more for their own community, so they initiated the idea for a food drive.
Interpersonal Relationships class is a course offered in the Family and Consumer Sciences Department at Northview High School. Mrs. Burk and Miss Brescher's third and fifth period classes worked together as a team to brainstorm, plan, and carry out this service learning project.
Students created flyers and posters for the school hallways to let other students know about and get involved in the project. Students in the class set up collection boxes in the office, media center, and hallways at Northview. Everyday as more cans were donated, the students would retrieve them from the boxes and added to their total. Once the food drive had come to an end the students had learned a valuable lesson, "It is in giving that we receive." Student, Mariah Chesshire commented, "It made me feel really good inside to donate food to people who otherwise may not have anything to eat."