We make it our mission as a school to give back to the community. We make fliers, announcements, and commercials to advertise giving for Spooky to be Hungry. Every year my school, and other schools in Richmond County, participates in gathering cans for the Golden Harvest Food Bank.
At my school, each grade gets two bins. They are placed in every grade’s social studies class. Each year we raise about 1,000 pounds of cans per grade. That is a total of 7,000 pounds or more. For my classmates especially it’s important to raise these donations. We love giving back to the community and we are very aware of our volunteering duties. We are all active members of our community and strive to help our sister classes follow our same path.
Last year my grade alone raised over 1,000 pounds of cans. We were determined to meet our goal of 500 pounds and exceeded expectations. We gathered cans, rice, non-perishable food items, etc. We even collected money so that others could buy the cans and bring them in.
I think that every family should have food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. So the fact that I can help by contributing cans is amazing. But it doesn’t have to stop there. There are families who go hungry every day of the year, not just in this one month. It breaks my heart to know that they are going hungry.
Spooky to be hungry is a humbling experience. I am thankful for what I have and blessed that I can help another family in return. And you can volunteer at the Golden Harvest Food Bank or donate cans any day of the year. This one event unifies my school every year. To see all these young people taking action in their community is beautiful. They do it because they care, not because they have to, and that’s the best part.
So I ask you, what will your contribution be, not just for this month, but every month?
Teen Board Member Imani Jenkins is a sophomore at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School.