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Feeding Detroit

Ashly Nelson,   Davison Elementary School
Fight Hunger — Help Nourish Your Community
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement,  Teamwork
Feeding Detroit
The Fuel Up to Play 60 committee at Davison wanted to help their local food banks by having a food drive contest. Each homeroom was given a box and was encouraged to bring in canned and non-perishable goods to donate to local families in need. Students took this opportunity to also educate their classmates on the importance of food waste and why its important to not waste food as some families don't have enough food to feed themselves. At the end of the week, two classrooms who donated the most food were awarded a pizza/smoothie party by MSU Extension and their principal. They also participated in some physical activities to keep their bodies and minds sharp, since they were in the middle of testing. The committee has decided to continue doing this drive around the holiday season as a way to give back to their community.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

Every year around the holidays, the students want to give back to their community. We will be doing a food drive every year to help donate food and clothes for the less fortunate here in Detroit.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

I have a few students who have been involved with FUTP 60 during the last 3 years. They took the lead on this project and had meetings with the teacher who is in charge of doing the food drive and the principal. They made sure that every teacher and every student knew what was going on, what was needed from them and encouraged them throughout the week.