On Friday, November 9, third-grade students visited North Dallas Shared Ministries (NDSM) to hand-deliver the 506 bags of food and toiletries - an impressive 3,715 items - they collected in this week's food drive. This was the culmination of the students' social studies curriculum unit related to wants vs. needs. Students learned that 1 in 4 children (300,000 kids) in North Texas is food insecure, meaning they don't have reliable access to enough affordable and nutritious food or hygiene products.
Students visited a local grocery store earlier this year and were given a budget of just $11.62 - the cost for NDSM to feed one hungry person each day. Students used their mathematical reasoning skills to spend wisely, hoping to make each penny count on behalf of those they were serving. What they learned fueled their determination to help other children in need.
Practicing the ESD Founding Tenet of Service to Others, the students eagerly solicited donations from families. Today, they loaded the donations onto buses and hand-delivered all 3,715 items one bag at a time. After carrying in all the items, they stocked the pantry shelves. Volunteers emphasized to students the importance of serving the community and how the donated items will help families less fortunate than themselves. As pantry shoppers filled their carts, students saw firsthand how their donations were helping the community. NDSM gratefully noted that the efforts of our third graders are consistently among their top three contributions each year.
Tracey Shirey, Interim Head of Lower School, reported many returned to campus, wondering how they might continue to serve their community.
We are so proud of these Eagles and the many parent volunteers, faculty, and staff that support this great cause.