7380 Girard Ave

La Jolla, California


Posted on Dec 07, 2010

Serving the Community One Pound of Food at a Time

December 2, 2010

The Gillispie School thanks all the families and friends who donated items for the food drive to support the San Diego Food Bank. The drive, which is now a Gillispie tradition, is a cross-grade-level project that enables prekindergartners to work with fourth graders, proving that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. With these classrooms joining forces by announcing the Drive during Friday student assemblies and waving self-created posters at Girard and Fay drop-off, they collected and sorted 910 pounds of food, equaling 711 meals! To deepen their experience, Grade 4 students earlier in November rolled up their sleeves at the San Diego Food Bank and bagged 11,000 pounds of vegetables for distribution to those in need. Mrs. Shieh’s class also made a home/classroom connection by having students seek “employment” at home to earn money (no more than $8 per hour, which is California’s minimum wage) for their visit to Vons, where they purchased canned goods for the food drive. Additionally, classroom readings and good discussions facilitated a better understanding of hunger and homelessness in San Diego. These kinds of hands-on learning opportunities allow our students to see themselves as thoughtful problem solvers and active agents for change. Alison Fleming Head of School
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