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Kids' Canned Food Drive Sparks Compassion

OAKHURST – Philanthropy is alive and well at Oakhurst Elementary School. Over the years, the students have participated in various philanthropic projects to give back to their community.

Recently, we collected cans and other dry food items to stock the shelves at Manna House for the Christmas season. The students collected hundreds of items that were delivered to the Manna House on Friday, Dec. 13.

In the excitement of collecting cans, I heard several students sharing how they raided their parents’ pantry to bring items to school.

The group picture are the fifth grade students in the classrooms of Mrs. Ward and Ms. MedemaOur conference room became a mini-Manna House during the collection period. I’m so proud of our students for opening up their hearts and displaying their compassion to help families in our community enjoy a delicious holiday meal.

In fact, compassion is the virtue we are practicing this month, so our students really put this word into action. The fifth grade classrooms at OES had a friendly competition going on (not that we’re competitive!), to see who could bring in the most items. A total of 459 items were received from the classes, with Mrs. Ward’s fifth graders totaled 226 items while Ms. Medema’s class collected slightly more for a total of 233 items.

OES Kids with goodies for Manna HouseA huge thank you goes out to board member Mrs. Ronda Clarke, of the Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary School District, for spearheading this canned food collection with Oakhurst Elementary, Wasuma Elementary and Oak Creek Intermediate Schools.

For more information visit the Bass Lake School District website.

(Kathleen Murphy the principal at Oakhurst Elementary School.)

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