Students learn about giving back

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Students at Dr. J.C. Wickwire Academy in Liverpool are learning about giving back.

Each year, in support of the Queens County Food Bank, students from Pre-Primary through to Grade Five along with staff are asked to bring in non-perishable items to be placed under the Giving Tree located in the school’s foyer.

Grade 5 teacher, Annette Burke, said in a recent email that this year’s campaign, which ran from December 1 to 15, was the “largest collection yet.”

Cohen Alexander, a Grade 5 leadership member, commented also by email. “The food bank is important because when we donate to the food bank, we are helping people in need. There are people that don’t have enough food, and the food bank helps them,” he said.

Making sure that COVID-19 protocols are followed, each morning teachers placed donated items outside of their classrooms. The leadership members then collected the items and placed them under the Giving Tree.

There was also a bit of friendly competition going on between the classrooms. For every five items brought in, a class received an ornament to decorate and place on the Giving Tree bulletin board display. The prize? The pride and satisfaction gained through giving, according to the organizers.

Kevin McBain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin