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Karen Ogden’s K-1 students were issued a challenge to collect their weight in food. The Tip the Scales for Food challenge was launched in late March. Each child was weighed and the collective total of their weight was 384 pounds. They immediately issued a plea to the other students and teachers in the school for help in collecting at least 384 pounds of food for the local food pantry.
“Giving back is very important to our school, and we wanted to instill this mindset in our students at a very early age,” said Dayna Ramsey-Sanders, school founder. “Most of them are already participating in various community service projects through Relay for Life, March of Dimes, their churches and other organizations, but we wanted them to comprehend what the critical needs are in our community and give them the opportunity to take pride and take action.”
And collect they did. The students took a field trip to Camp Methodist Church in Shallotte, site of the South Brunswick Interchurch Council Food Pantry, and made the presentation to the organization’s representatives. More than 390 pounds of food were included in the delivery. Food pantry volunteers were thrilled.
The struggling economy has placed the demand for food in this community at an all-time high. Reduced work hours and layoffs have sent hundreds of families to the food line, many for the first time. Numerous basic needs are not being met and the problem does not seem to be going away anytime soon. The children at ESWVS jumped aboard the train to help their neighbors, took responsibility and took ownership.
“Aside from the obvious objective of providing food, this project had many goals,” added Ramsey-Sanders. “The children obtained a better grasp on what basic needs are. They discovered how rewarding it is to work as a team towards a common goal. They learned a valuable lesson on the importance of sharing, giving back to the community and being a good citizen. And through it all, they had fun. They made it a month-long adventure. I am really proud of these students. They didn’t just step up to the plate. They filled it, and they shared it with those who need it most.”
The Evelyn Smith Wray Village School is an independent school serving children grades pre-K through eighth grade. Established in 1998, the school offers an educational program that challenges minds and builds character. The unique STEAM curriculum is designed to help students find their academic strengths and individual talents and to develop into respectful community members with a clear sense of what it means to be a good citizen.
Students in each grade level benefit from a challenging academic program that develops fundamental skills in reading, mathematics, writing, science, and social studies, and an enriched course of study that includes art, music appreciation, physical education, and Latin. For more information, call 754-2074.