Several Keller schools recently collected non-perishable food items for the Community Storehouse.
Students at Bear Creek Intermediate, Liberty Elementary and Florence Elementary School held one week food drives in response to a request for assistance re-stocking the Storehouse pantry shelves.
Bear Creek Intermediate families collected more than 2,000 items, almost triple their goal of one item per student.
“Our students have great hearts,” said Julie Frazier, fifth grade teacher and student council sponsor. “We told them there are families in our community without enough to eat, and they answered the challenge.”
Florence Elementary families donated more than five grocery carts crammed full of cans. Student council members helped load the food into two vehicles to take to the Storehouse.
Assistant principal Casey Riles said that each grade level focused on filling a cart, with a few of them overflowing into other boxes.
According to information from the Community Storehouse, an estimated 12,000 students in the Keller and Northwest school districts experience times when they do not have enough food at home.
Encouraging kids to think of others is a valuable lesson, the educators said.
Riles said, “I think it’s important for kids to be able to see they can help people outside their immediate family and school community.”
Frazier said, “Things like this bring our students closer in a way that nothing else can.”