Teamwork helped second graders win canned food drive

Photo by Sue Suchyta

Photo by Sue Suchyta


Working together as a group helped Dawn Lee’s second grade class at Garfield Elementary win the all-school canned food drive for the local Salvation Army. The 28 children in her class collected 211 cans. The school as a whole collected 922 cans of food. As the top place donor class the second graders will have a popcorn party.

Photo by Sue Suchyta

Photo by Sue Suchyta


Daniel Voss (left) and Amy Voss of the Wyandotte Salvation Army, Principal Cindy Wright, second grade teacher Dawn Lee and her second grade class collected 211 cans of food during the collection period. Teamwork helped the class collect the most cans.

By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE – Working together as a group helped Dawn Lee’s second grade class at Garfield Elementary win the all-school canned food drive for the local Salvation Army.

The 28 children in her class collected 211 cans. The school as a whole collected 922 cans of food.

“We used teamwork,” second-grader Hannah Hardin said.

“We worked hard,” second-grader Hailey Graff added. “Without teamwork we couldn’t do it.”

“We brought in cans every day,” second-grader Ashley Dunnigan explained.

The students had a reminder on their weekly homework sheet, and their classroom was in the lead in terms of donations the last two weeks of the drive, Lee said.

Captains Daniel and Amy Voss of the Wyandotte Salvation Army were pleased to receive the donations from the school on Monday.

The class will celebrate their successful collection with a classroom popcorn party.

“They’ve worked very hard,” Lee said.

Principal Cindy Wright is proud of the generosity of all of her students.

“Our students really worked together,” Wright said. “They know it’s important to give and not always receive. We’re really trying to teach it to our kids this holiday season.”

Santa Shop sponsored
The school decided at the last minute to offer a Santa’s Workshop at the school that would allow the children to select gifts for their families at no cost.

Wright praised the generous donations from parents and local businesses. Over 2,500 items were donated from which the youth could select gifts at no cost for their families.

Parent volunteers decorated and set up the Santa Shop last Sunday.

Parent volunteer adult Rob Kirby praised the team effort put forth by the adult volunteers.

His thoughts were echoed by Wright.

“It’s a good feeling to give, and it’s important to give,” Wright said. “The community of Wyandotte and the (Garfield) parents are awesome.”

Parent coordinator Sandi Bunch praised the efforts of teachers and parents.

“It has been fabulous organizing this,” Bunch said. “It’s been everything.”

She praised the parent support as well.

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