Elementary Students Learn How to Give

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

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Some Wiregrass students were skipping class, but for a good cause.

They were helping donate cans to The Salvation Army.

Kelly springs elementary students donated 1,580 cans of food to The Salvation Army.

"It just amazes me that we could bring in the amount of cans that we had," says Shelly Brady, PTA Officer for Kelly Springs Elementary.

One factor behind this big turnout was a little competition among the students.

The winning class got 45 minutes of free time.

"I feel great about what I did. We helped the poor so they can have so they can have a good time when they eat, like we have a good time when we eat," says Nick Howard, 5th Grader at Kelly Springs Elementary.

This class actually went a step further in the competition.

They gave up some of their snack time to help out a needy family.

Catherine Saunders and Nathan Hafner were two students who gave up their normal snack to feed the hungry.

"I think that poor people need more food... so they could be healthier," says Saunders.

"I thought the poor people needed food. I just knew they didn't have what we did," says Hafner.

The next stop for the food will be The Salvation Army headquarters. Then, a family's holiday table.

“This is really amazing. Can you imagine young people coming together, and giving to donate? They're giving from their heart,” says Woody Yon, Warehouse Supervisor for The Salvation Army.

“This is going to help a lot of families here. The school system has really stepped in, and we're really thankful," says Yon.

If you are interested in giving to The Salvation Army, you can give to the Angel Tree Program or drop off food at their office on Bell Street.

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  • by Lena Location: Dothan on Dec 3, 2008 at 09:00 PM
    I think this is wonderful - an unselfish act on the part of this students! Even if they were competing for free time, it was for a good cause and the hungry citizens are the true "winners". Hats off to the students of Kelly Springs and the staff who put it all together!
  • by Amanda Location: Dothan on Dec 2, 2008 at 08:29 PM
    I think it's strange that the "winning" class wasn't pictured....
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