The second graders at Lanigan Elementary School have been learning many lessons about becoming a better person this year; lessons about kindness, compassion and empathy, to name a few.
Recently the students had an opportunity to put what they have learned about helping others into a life-lesson they will remember for the rest of their lives.
Instead of exchanging gifts with one another at a holiday party, the students decided to raise money to donate to a local food bank.
The second grade students held a math-a-thon to earn money to buy food for needy families in the Fulton area.
They learned their math facts and then used pledge sheets to raise money for every math fact they got correct.
The results of the math-a-thon were overwhelming, according to the second grade teachers.
They raised enough money that each student had $10 to spend to buy food and teachers were also able to purchase gift certificates to be donated to Catholic Charities Food Bank.
On December 18th, the students went to Struppler’s Shurfine Supermarket where they shopped for the groceries to be donated.
Some of the classes divided the needs into categories and groups were asked to shop for a specific category such as breakfast, lunch, dinner or even baby.
The students and their chaperones kept a running total to keep within budget and when the students had finished with their purchases, they went to the registers to check out.
After their groceries were bagged they carried their donations to a waiting van from Catholic Charities and loaded them in. At the end of the day, the local food bank had a van full of groceries and the students had learned that it is better to give than to receive.