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Warsaw students learn lesson about giving

| December 19, 2014

WARSAW – Warsaw Elementary School Principal Frank Polen said about the recent canned food drive held at the school, “Each day we challenged the kids to bring in canned foods and we had a different theme for two weeks, everything from favorite team day to favorite character day, various things for the past two weeks. We challenged them to bring in 3,000 cans to school and we award pre-K to second, a first and second place and third to sixth also got a first and second place. They get pizza parties, ice cream sandwiches and that sort of thing. We also do class awards – with each class having three representatives that will play a corn-hole game to win activities for their class.”

“But most importantly the stress is on the service that each and every one of our kids is being communicated to in the classroom and what they do for our community. That is a lesson that should never be under-taught but sometimes it gets left behind. And we certainly want to place a high value on that service.”

Principal Polen said that normally the school donates the canned food items to the Nellie Food Bank but with that being recently closed; they made the decision to donate the items to Pastor Mark Granger and the New Life Ministries food bank.

“As of yesterday we had over 5,800 items donated. That’s almost double our goal. We also started a loose change drive to buy the perishable items; milks, breads and that sort of thing. The kids raised almost $300 for that. Then, our staff – for a $20 contribution which will go to Relay for Life, could wear jeans. We raised $500 to $600 for that.”



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