A reason to give thanks
At 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, the sidewalk along Lebanon Road looked like a Tiger parade. Loveland Intermediate School (LIS) and Loveland Middle School (LMS) students walked in groups – arms loaded with canned goods and boxes of food. Meanwhile, in Ms. King’s math class at Loveland Elementary School (LES), students collected cans of food brought in from all elementary students, using the process to study numbers through 1,000.
“We teamed up with Mrs. Prather and Mrs. Steele’s math class to work on the project,” explained Kari King, LES third grade math teacher. “In the morning, we collect the cans and put them into rows of 10. After we sort the types of foods into categories, we put the cans in bags of 10; once we have 10 bags of 10, we create a bag of 100.”
The numbers are adding up – into the thousands. While their methods differed, for all Loveland students, the mission was singular – to help. Across the Loveland school district, students brought in the food donations as part of a continued collaboration with L.I.F.E. Food Pantry. The Loveland students are assisting in the collection and distribution of donated food to feed 185 families this Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is the 12th year students at Loveland have participated in the Pass-It-On food drive.
“This is a life lesson Loveland students have embraced for more than a decade, and
I’m tremendously proud of what our students have accomplished in the partnership with L.I.F.E. Food Pantry’s Pass-It-On program,” said Dr. John Marschhausen, Loveland superintendent. “This is just one more example of the overwhelming good that can happen when the school and the community partner.”
LIS and LMS students began collecting food for the drive Monday, Nov. 5; the parade
down Lebanon was a trip to walk the donated food to the L.I.F.E Food Pantry, which is located in Prince of Peace Church. Volunteers collected the items donated by the younger students. Organizers with L.I.F.E. manage the distribution to the families.