This week, a second grade class from Kilough Elementary School raised 275 pounds of food and $100 for the food pantry at The Place of Dawson County.
According to KES second grade teacher Kathy Galati, the drive was part of Kilough’s school-wide Raise Craze Kindness Fundraiser. Her class had the idea to do a class project and collect food for The Place, so they set a goal of 100 pounds of food and $100. Her class challenged Galati’s small group at Browns Bridge church to help meet their goal of 100 pounds, and in total the class exceeded their goal, collecting a total of 275 pounds of food and $100.
On Monday Oct. 17, several representatives from The Place visited Galati’s class to pick up the donations and to teach the students about the needs in the community and how the food pantry strives to help meet those needs. The 23 students in the class then paraded down the school halls behind their carts of donations, standing on the sidewalk in front of the school and watching excitedly as they watched the food be loaded into the van.
According to Galati, she is incredibly proud of her students for their hard work and dedication to their class food drive.
“I’m very proud of the kids who worked very hard to help do something for their community during their Act of Kindness fundraiser with the school,” Galati said. “They did an amazing job.”
Deborah Ross, the food and services manager for The Place, said that seeing second graders in the community set themselves a goal of collecting food for those in need is very encouraging, as is being able to visit the classroom and talk to the students about those needs in the community they live in.
“I love that there’s an awareness of it; I love that food insecurity is part of the conversation with young people and it’s really impactful when they can contribute to their community — it’s amazing,” Ross said. “It’s just so great; I’m proud of them."