Our Student Council FUTP 60 Leadership Team chose to Nourish Our Community this 2017-18 school year. We teamed up with National Junior Honors Society to help do a food drive. Students would bring canned goods and other nonperishable foods to their mini classes. We ended it in February with 1,210 pounds of food. This drive started in October of 2017. Throughout the drive, we did prize giveaways and other rewards for those who brought in the most food. It was an amazing way for the school to get involved and participate in fueling the community.
The hot bags that were purchased in the 2016-17 school year were re-purposed for the Summer Meals Program in our school district to transport over 100 hot lunches every day to the Boys and Girls Club at Twombly Elementary. They will be used again for the Summer Program for students in the Migrant Education Program located at AIMS Community College this year. The bags will continue to be used for community organizations, and outside of the regular school year, including during the Summer Meals program. Our community has a high rate of students that qualify for free/reduced meals, so it's a priority for us to continue to provide meals even when school is not in session.
How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?
We can continue to “fuel the community” year after year with these hot bags. There is always a need for nutritious meals, especially during the Summer when schools are out. There are outside organizations that the district’s Food Service department can partner up with and continue to reach hungry kids over summer vacation.
What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
One of the challenges was executing the Play as we had planned. We put many hours into planning and working out the kinks to be able to have the students involved in delivering breakfast. There was an increased amount of hardship and delay on the kitchen to be able to continue this as a sustainable and efficient play.
How did you accomplish your goals?
We overcame these challenges by looking at how else we could utilize the equipment where needed. The students are still currently receiving breakfast in the classroom every day, so we considered times that food is not available to students. Summertime is when schools are out but we still have students in the community that need nutritious meals, so we partnered with Boys & Girls Club and the Migrant Education Enrichment Program to deliver meals for them throughout the Summer.