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Posted November 29, 2012

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Schools Serve Their Communities at Thanksgiving

School-wide contests, class projects involve students in giving back.

Teachers Corina Fraire-Duran (left) and Debbie Beer (right) hand over food donations to a Roadrunner staff member.

As the school year moves into the holiday season, students at many APS schools dive into community service projects. Whether they involve school-wide contests or teachers instructing their classes, all remembered the “giving” part of Thanksgiving. 

Two Cochiti Elementary teachers conducted a school-wide food drive to benefit the Roadrunner Food Bank. The school’s 247 students collected more than 500 pounds of food in just seven days. Corina Fraire-Duran said she and her fellow fifth-grade teacher Debbie Beer next plan to collect donations from school staff for the BCC/PTA Clothing Bank. 

At Truman Middle School, students and staff competed to see which classroom could bring in the most boxes of food. Teacher Angela Reynolds reported that donations helped a record 43 families in the Truman community. She said even families on a waiting list for assistance received baskets. Contest winners received classroom parties, but all benefited by helping those in need. 

For the 13th year, Fran Proce’s students at Roosevelt Middle School wrote persuasive letters asking local businesses for donations to help them create food baskets for East Mountain families in need. They budgeted and shopped at Costco with the $4,300 they collected, squeezing math and language arts into the larger life lesson on the importance of helping others.

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