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Jacksonville Country Day School Collects a Ton of Food for Second Harvest

Jacksonville Country Day School concluded its food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank today, having collected a ton of food -- actually, an estimated 3,000 pounds -- and nearly $700 in cash donations.

The JCDS student council sponsored the drive as one of its service learning projects. The drive ran December 13-17.

Student council members created posters and made personal appeals for donations in classrooms.

"The children got involved," said student council co-sponsor Lynne Sopchak. "There was enthusiasm and a commitment like we've never seen."

Fourth grader Kaitlin Gildersleeve was so moved by Second Harvest's statement that one dollar can generate six meals for the hungry that when she got home, she raided her wallet, and donated $50 of her own money to the cause.

"That's 300 people!" Kaitlin said.

Many students and their parents heeded the call for canned goods and other non-perishable items. While there were many single-can donations, a number of cans arrived by the case. Bags of beans, boxes of pasta, jars of peanut butter, and dozens of disposable diapers filled the donation bins the entire week.

Staff and students were engaged to move 17 collection bins from their storage places, and load the truck this morning. The truck had little space left after all of the items were loaded.

"The enthusiasm was infectious," said head of school Terry Bartow.  "Our fervent hope in this holiday season is that the generosity has infected more than the JCDS family and has spread throughout the Jacksonville community."

Other service projects preceding the holidays included a book drive for BOOKS-A-GO GO, a local organization that provides books to children in need. The preprimary students donated 297 books.

In another project, the third graders earned their own money, and purchased 70 pairs of pajamas for the residents of Children's Home Society.

Character education is an integral part of the curriculum at JCDS, and service learning projects give students the opportunity to "make a difference" in the lives of others who may not be as fortunate.  

Jacksonville Country Day School's mission is to "prepare students for a healthy and productive lifetime of intellectual exploration, character development, and social responsibility."

Jacksonville Country Day School, established in 1960, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year.

 

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