Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Kiwanis Kids at Cypress Springs Elementary School embarked on a mission a few weeks ago – Collect “A Ton of Tuna” and offer it as a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank.
The “Ton” really works out to 500 cans but the goal of this project is to bring awareness to 4th and 5th graders of the need faced by many of their counterparts in schools across Central Florida.
Brent Hambley, Michelle Gendron, Michelle Soldano, Kimberly Killinger and Sharlene Dewitz played hosts as Second Harvest staff struggled to keep up with insightful questions.
When asked how many had heard of Second Harvest, the entire class raised their hands. The children seemed captivated by our “Kate” video and understood the message.
One youngster, wise beyond his years, asked if we were a domestic relief charitable organization or whether we operated internationally.
After the time lapse video of our new building’s construction was played, many seemed interested in a tour.
They admired the Disney Mickey and the Beanstalk motif and marveled at the colossal mural created by the Walt Disney World Imagineers.
The quest for tuna continues. The kids decided to extend “fishing” season for another week. Once all the cans are collected they will be made available to families and children at our Kids Cafes.
All in all, a wonderful afternoon with tomorrow’s future. Their awareness of the plight of many will surely instill in them a sense of benevolence.
Hats off to Kiwanis’ Brent Hambly and Faculty members Michelle Gendron, Michelle Soldano and Kimberly Killinger.
Pictures from the day:
Childhood Hunger Program Manager