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Leftover Halloween Candy Drive

Denise Knapp,   Washington Elementary School
Community Involvement,  Student Leadership
Leftover Halloween Candy Drive

On Veteran’s Day, our Healthy Communities leadership team joined with our community service group and held a leftover candy drive. This first annual event was a huge success. We managed to collect over 100 lbs. of candy. This was then taken to the local American Legion. Students distributed the candy to Veterans with our thanks for their service, and the remainder will be shipped overseas to be given to our troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Candy that was destined for lunchboxes and lockers was removed. Further, the number of candy wrappers polluting our hallways was virtually eliminated.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

With guidance, the students created fliers, posters, and a presentation. They developed announcements, and presented them daily. On collection day, students went to classrooms using an adult-developed schedule and independently collected and prepared the candy for delivery.