The magic number is 1000, because that represents the 1000 food items collected by kids helping families with a food drive this holiday season.
Fairview Elementary School Spirit Club collected that many items for their food drive in just three weeks. 10 local families who are facing financial hardship were the recipients of the collection, and certificates from area food stores.
“These kids get so excited to help out,” said Lee Ann Goeke, Communities in Schools site coordinator at Fairview. “It’s amazing how much they help our families.”
Every year the school sends out letters to families asking if they need food assistance during the holidays.
Third-grader Lillian Null said the food drive is important because it helps “people not starve.”
“Now they can have Thanksgiving dinner with their family,” said fourth-grader Brooklyn Ellis.
When they are not collecting food, the club collects trash by the school, boosts school spirit with events, and puts together fundraisers for charities. Their previous fundraiser was for Pennies for Patients, a group that helps kids with cancer.