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Oak Hills students help feed the hungry


Posted: October 13, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 13, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Third grader Reya Mehta helps with the canned food drive at Oaks Hills Elementary School.

The third grade students at Oak Hills Elementary School in Valencia are helping to feed hungry people in Santa Clarita Valley, one can at a time.

Students have been learning that change in the world begins with one person, one step at a time.

We talk about global problems, national, state and community problems.

To help those who need it, we start with local issues, and go from there.

When we discussed hunger many of the students didn’t realize there were people in our community who were struggling, and in need of food for their families – maybe even their own neighbors.

The students figured out, if each student in our class brought in one can of food a week, that would be over 20 cans a week, 80 cans a month.

I take the food to the local food distribution center, for needy families in the community.

I asked the students what they thought of this project and this is one response:

“It is really important to give canned food to people who don’t have enough to eat, because the families can’t afford enough food. So it is really helpful to bring in the cans,” said Jake Boss, third grader.

Every week I fill up the trunk of my car and drive the cans to the SCV food Pantry, or the Help the Children Center in the Valencia Industrial Center.

Since I began this project two years ago my students have contributed thousands of cans of food.

The students at Oak Hills have certainly learned they are making a difference, one can of food at a time.

Penni Perrault is a third grade teacher at Oak Hills Elementary in Stevenson Ranch.



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