TUBA CITY, Ariz. - Tuba City Boarding School's fourth grade gifted and talented class sponsored their second annual Thanksgiving food drive. Each student was required to participate in a community service project to learn the value and importance of volunteering. The class chose the local St. Jude's Food Bank to receive the collected goods. St. Jude's distributes food baskets and sponsors holiday meals for needy families each year.
Andrea Bia's students chose the catchy slogan of "Every Can Counts!" to promote the giving spirit. The students made and distributed posters around the school. They made speeches and encouraged students and their families to donate packaged and canned goods. Their goal was to encourage good citizenship for their school and community. Prizes were also offered for the classes that brought the most canned food.
The six-week project brought in 6,546 food items, tripling the first year's donations. Bia stated, "This was so unbelievable. The gifted students were just amazed at all the food that were donated. They had smiles on their little faces, expressing the joy that some of our needy families will have food this holiday season. Mrs. Lori Whiterock's third grade students joined us in the boxing and packing of all the food."
Gifted and Talented class president, Kaly Arvizu expressed, "It was a lot of fun. It took lots of hard work and dedication. I learned that more than one person can make a difference."
Justina Slim added, "I enjoyed volunteering my time to help others in need. I learned a lot and I will use this knowledge later in life."
Noah Richardson added, "It was a fun experience and I enjoyed it. I never thought community service could be fun. I learned that school isn't just about books. You can learn lots of different ways."
Bia summarized the student's project. "Indeed, students can learn many different ways. This class promoted a community service project that gained tremendous support from students, teachers, staff, and parents. Each gifted student worked hard to inspire support for their efforts, and I am proud of them."
The Thanksgiving Food Drive was a successful school-wide endeavor. St. Jude's Food Bank is also graciously thankful to every single individual who donated food because "Every Can Counts!" Thanks again to everyone at Tuba City Boarding School who supported this awesome event.