It may be spring outside, but Dobbins Elementary students are bringing in the harvest inside. They spent the past two weeks collecting food for Second Harvest Food Bank.
"There is a spirit of giving every day at Dobbins," said Principal Cheryl Borovitcky. "The teachers and the students both have the giving spirit."
The two-week program featured a different collection each day including macaroni, canned meats, soups, and canned fruits and vegetables. Wednesday was a choice day where students could bring whatever they wanted.
The collection saw everyone playing a part. The PTA was even involved and handled the organization of the daily collections. They packed the collection in boxes and labeled them for the Second Harvest truck pickup on Friday, March 16.
Each morning began with two fourth-grade student volunteers pushing an empty shopping cart through the auditorium. Students would place their items in the cart and at the end, it was full and ready for PTA volunteers to unload and pack.
The students then returned to their classrooms where those who donated were given a green hand to place on the "Giving Tree" located in the main hall. "During these difficult times, it is important to help our children see the importance of sharing and helping one another," Borovitcky said.
The students did get the message. Fourth-grader Christian Marantis said, "We are donating for poor people who don't have food."
Fourth-grader Ally Nittoli said, "It feels good to be helping others."