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Students Strive to Help the Needy

News Herald Article

Published: November 8, 2009

By Paula Evans Neuman

Children from Chormann Elementary School in Southgate, with help from the Southgate Anderson High School Student Council, collected more than 23 big boxes of food, plus cash donations, to donate to the Southgate Food Bank. Some Downriver students, through their schools, are learning how they can make a difference.

At Chormann Elementary School in Southgate, student council members turned the Halloween theme into an event about giving food instead of getting candy.

They called their effort “Trick-or-Eat,” said teacher Andrea Schiappacasse, who is the school’s student council advisor.

First, with help from Southgate Anderson High School members, the children distributed 400 flyers in the school’s neighborhood about their effort.

Then last Wednesday, the youngsters put on their Halloween costumes a few days early and went door-to-door after school, calling out “trick or eat” instead of the more familiar Halloween refrain.

Neighbors put food donations and sometimes cash into the children’s collection bags. They collected more than 23 big boxes of food, which was donated to the Southgate Food Bank.

Schiappacasse called the effort an excellent example of “philanthropy, cooperation and collaboration between schools and grade levels.”

Children at St. John Lutheran School in Taylor also went to bat to help the needy with food collections.

They amassed more than 190 pounds of food, and then donated it to the Downriver Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry.

St. John school board member Linda Winters said the kids were “very happy to do this service event, and look forward to next time when they can help others again.”

And, she said, the children learned a valuable lesson about the “joys of giving.”

Students at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School in Wyandotte also put their faith into action, and collected items for ChristNet, a partnership of churches serving the homeless.

The students — from preschoolers through high school seniors — collected items throughout the month of October for ChristNet, and also assembled more than 30 full lunches and toiletry bags to be distributed at St. Patrick parish in Wyandotte.


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