Jade Diaz, a Heber Hunt Elementary second-grader, participates in a shopping cart race Thursday during a carnival for the second-graders at the school as a reward for their service learning project to collect 2,012 food items from their fellow students for the Open Door Food Pantry. To make the most effective use of the 14-day campaign, which ends Friday, the four second-grade classes each targeted a grade level and spread the word through Power Point presentations that they designed and presented, second-grade teacher Stephanie Holsten said. They also used traditional informational strategies such as in-school print and electronic advertising, she said. The grade level that brings in the most food items will have a school lunch at Liberty Park. A few of the school's staff members have volunteered to take a pie in the face if the goal of 2,012 food items is reached, which at this point seems to be a done deal, said school counselor, Amanda Jackson.
The students gave some thought to the kind of food that they would request in donations and even solicited advice from Jack Menges, executive director of Open Door Benevolent Ministries. The timing of the food drive is fortuitous for Open Door because the
The half-dozen games played at the carnival were associated with the food drive. Carolena Carlos, right, tries to stack cans as high as her friend, Hania Lozada. The cans tumbled before she could reach her goal.