PBS Students Collect More Than 2,700 Pounds of Food

Posted November 30, 2010

Phillips Brooks Students Collect More Than 2,700 Pounds of Food

MENLO PARK, Calif., November 30, 2010 – During the holiday season, it is important to reach out to those in the community who are less fortunate than others. Recognizing their role as global citizens are the students of The Phillips Brooks School, who work each year on service learning projects to help those in need. In the school’s annual weeklong holiday food drive, PBS students and members of the school community collected more than 2,700 pounds of food to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank.

The food drive is organized each year by the fourth grade students, who begin working weeks in advance to ensure the success of the drive. They begin by researching the types of food that can be donated, then create flyers and posters with all the information and finally make presentations to each of the grades and the school at large. The week of the drive, small groups of students stand outside each morning to collect and weigh the incoming food. The modest goal of collecting 1500 pounds of food was easily surpassed the morning of the fourth day of collection. “I liked knowing that people put to good use all of the hard work that we did,” said one fourth grader.

From the youngest learners in the Early Learning Center, to the eldest fifth graders recalling their past year of leading the food drive, all students embraced the school’s core values of community and kindness with their generous donations. Students not only rummaged through their own pantries for extra food, but went to neighbors and friends asking for their support as well. Upon completion of the week, all of the food was transported to Second Harvest Food Bank, where it will serve many people throughout the San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

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