The first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind. Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world.
As we mentioned in our “Top Ten Things You Might Not Have Known About Union Memorial School” article, each class at UMS has been collecting nonperishable food items to support the Colchester Community Food Shelf at its new home at 245 Main Street in Colchester Village.
Not only are the students participating in the ongoing food drive effort by collecting and delivering the items, but they are also learning about how the food shelf helps the community. In this way, the students can connect with our greater community and learn about helping others while simultaneously supporting an important endeavor.
Throughout the entire campaign, which was coordinated by speech therapy staff member Jeannie Perkins and first grade teacher Tracey Hughes, the UMS students have been learning about other ways in which people help one another in their communities, including the donation of food, clothing, blood, books, time, energy, and other important commodities. UMS plans to run a similar food drive every year going forward, beginning in January.
As the classes have arrived with their donations, Colchester Community Food Shelf Vice President Shirley Meier has welcomed the students into the space, collecting their contributions—hundreds of pounds’ worth!—and allowing them to look around. She has answered their questions to help facilitate their understanding.
This is a shining example of connecting learning with real-life experiences and concrete, powerful understanding.
And remember that anyone, anywhere, can organize a community food drive—in neighborhoods, workplaces, classrooms … the possibilities are endless!
For more information, please contact Union Memorial School at (802) 264-5959 or the Colchester Community Food Shelf at (802) 879-2444.
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