Rich Hill 2nd graders teamed up with members of the high school FCCLA organization this past Saturday to donate their time and efforts to the Harvester organization in Kansas City and to visit the Ronald McDonald House.
Harvesters provides food and related household products to more than 620 not-for-profit agencies including emergency food pantries, community kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes and others. The organization also offers education programs to increase community awareness of hunger and teach about good nutrition.
The labors contributed by Rich Hill 2nd graders for the day with Harvesters included boxing frozen meat into individual boxes of 30 pounds each. After the initial box was packed, 16 boxes were placed on a pallet and shrink wrapped. Students filled approximately 6 pallets. In the course of boxing the food the students had to pay attention to notice any items that had been opened or were not labeled so that those items could be placed in a separate container.
Students also visited Ronald McDonald House as part of this busy Saturday. Mrs. Gayman had assisted the student with some research prior to help students to understand what Ronald McDonald Houses are and some of the items that the people staying there sometimes need. Two students (Morrissa Green and Zane Becker) even showed up for the trip with some goods to donate after seeing this information. Ronald McDonald Houses provided a home away from home for parents and family who must be far from their home while a child is hospitalized or receiving treatment.
Students were able to share a meal together at Applebee’s before returning home.Mrs. Gayman reported that they had worked up quite an appetite.