The food drive started two weeks ago. The oldest and some of the youngest children in the school made signs saying, 'Food Drive', to mark the boxes that were going to wait to be filled and to put on tables and in a display to help children and parents see what we were doing. I wish very much I had a picture of one of these signs. I will have to bop into the school tomorrow to take a picture of one as so much hard work and care went into making these fantastic signs. Once the signs were made, boxes were disbursed throughout the school to collect donations.
The children followed their own example from last year, and asked their neighbors for help. One of the most special things that has come from the Superhero program has been both children and adults using each other as models, as well as using each other to inspire the other and work together. Children decorated a note and/or grocery bags. The note asked neighbors to help again this year by leaving food out on a designated date. The goal was not just to help the Superheroes food drive, but to work as a neighborhood to support the Food Drive which is itself one of our neighbors. More children hit the streets this year, and the neighbors responded. Tears were brought to my eyes as I watched one neighbor walk his overflowing, heavy bag out to the children's wagon.
Many children also participated with their parents choosing to bring food from their cupboards or to choose food together at their own grocery shopping adventure. Parents helped keep their child's important role by letting them help put the food from the box/bag they brought in to the school into their classroom's box. Some classes sorted food. Some classes talked about what kinds of food we were gathering. Others tracked if the food was canned or other. Children were not just looking at a collection of food, but working to understand what the food meant.
The Superheroes of Kindness