The students in Mrs. Monts's first grade classroom are participating in a service learning project, collecting food for the Medway Food Pantry. The children began the unit with a classroom visit from food pantry volunteer Barbara Rapisarda, who explained how the food pantry works and described what is most needed for donations.
In this project, the children visit individual classrooms to share with their peers what food has been collected and remind them which items will be included in the next week's drive. The children take turns in the hallway each morning helping other students place their donations in the box and then respond with a kind "thank you!"
While this project has the children practicing math skills such as sorting, graphing and counting money, the more important skill of helping others and being good citizens is being reinforced. They are also learning that even a first grader can make a difference in this world!
The food drive will continue until May 16th. See the schedule below for suggested items to donate each week.
Week of May 5: Children's week: peanut butter, jelly and jam, applesauce, baby food, baby formula, spaghetti sauce and juice boxes.
Week of May 12: Personal items: soap, shampoo, conditioner, diapers, wipes, paper towels, toilet paper, tissues and deodorant.
Donations of money will be accepted each week and will be used to buy perishable items.