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Posted December 3, 2013

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Chamiza ES Get National Recognition for Collecting Food for Hungry Infants

Sandra Warrick’s kindergarten classes, which have been collecting baby food for the Storehouse for a dozen years, are being recognized as National Joy Ambassadors by GenerationOn and Hasbro Toys at an assembly Thursday.

For 12 years, students in Sandra Warrick’s kindergarten classes at Chamiza Elementary have sponsored baby food drives for the Storehouse, a local food bank that provides food and clothing for families in need. Their service and dedication is being recognized by GenerationOn and Hasbro Toys, which have added 100 toys and $100 to the 750 jar of food collected by the students this year. The food, toys and money will be presented to a Storehouse representative during a school assembly this week.

Students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade who have taken part in the project over the years will come together for the assembly Thursday morning as well as many parents who have supported the project over the years. The younger students will sing “Together We Can Change the World” for a Storehouse representative during the assembly.

The children of Chamiza believe there is a need to feed the infants in their community.  Proper nutrition is critical in optimal physical, emotional and intellectual development. Mrs. Warrick’s class began this project 12 years ago in lieu of a classroom gift exchange during the holidays because the children wanted to do something for children who were in need of the necessities for survival.

The project was recognized by GenerationOn and Scholastic in 2011 as national first place finalists in the Clifford BE BIG in your community contest. GenerationOn was impressed by the students’ dedication to infants in need, and is honoring them again this year as National Joy Ambassadors.

GenerationOn is a global youth service organization with programs that inspire, equip and mobilize youth to take action that change the world and themselves through service.

Through the Joy Maker campaign, Hasbro will be donating toys or games to Toys for Tots – up to one million dollars’ worth. National Joy Ambassadors are sharing their acts of service at www.givejoy.generationOn.org.

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