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Posted on Nov 07, 2011

Fourth Graders’ Call to Action

November 3, 2011

Today at the two elementary school assemblies, the fourth grade classes spoke about their work at the San Diego Food Bank and kicked off Gillispie’s 2011 Food Drive.

During their announcement, the students taught us that there are approximately 483,000 San Diegans that often go hungry, half of whom are children.

When the fourth graders visited the Food Bank for more than two hours in late October, they both learned and took action.

They learned, as shared at the assemblies, why people might go to a soup kitchen or food bank:

Individuals who have jobs still might not make enough money to provide food for their families;
Someone may lose a job because of an accident or because of lay-offs in hard economic times; or
Natural disasters might occur.
They took action by:

Handling 3,000 pounds of donated food as they checked for expiration dates and ensured that all items were sealed and in good condition
Sorting items by category (soup, pasta, etc.)
As the fourth graders outlined, Food Drive details include:

Collection bins will be out on Fay and in Gillispie’s front lobby from Monday, November 7, through Thursday, November 17.
Items should not be perishable but should have substantial packaging (so that contents are not crushable). Examples include canned goods (such as tuna, vegetables, and fruits), beans, soups, and pasta.
Glass containers and candy are not good choices.

 Thank you, fourth graders, for leading by example and teaching us about this important issue.
Alison Fleming
Head of School

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