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3rd-graders collect cans

Posted: October 30, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 30, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Oak Hills Elementary School students James Kent, left, and Austin Yu collect cans to donate to the SCV Food Pantry.


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

Oak Hills third grade teachers wanted to help the students learn that change in the world begins with one person, one step at a time. They talked about global problems, national problems, state problems and community problems.

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

The students figured out that if each student in third grade brought in one can of food a week, that would be about 75 cans a week and 300 cans a month.

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

By Oct. 10, I had taken more than 200 cans, and the school year just started. Now other classes want to help and bring cans to my class.

I asked the students what they thought about this project, and third-grader Alex King summed it up well:

“Lots of kids bring cans to help other people. I think it’s a really good thing.”

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

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

Penni Perrault is an Oak Hills third grade teacher.



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