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Jackling Elementary students share with less fortunate

Wednesday, December 12, 20121132 views

There is a lot riding on the first annual Jackling Elementary food drive. Not only will the food collected be distributed by the Utah Food Bank to families in need, but one lucky student will also be able to throw a pie in Principal Ernie Broderick’s face if the school meets its goal.

Jackling Elementary Student Body Officer Advisers Shantel Chase and Melinda Wilkinson helped coordinate the inaugural food drive this year. Wilkinson said Broderick has been a great sport in an effort to motivate the students to help out.

“This year our student body officers wanted to do something to provide service,” she said. “We already have 500 pounds of food collected at the beginning of December. We’ve been surprised at how much food has already been collected.”

This is the first year that Jackling has held a food drive.

Wilkinson and Chase helped bring back the student body officer program back to Jackling Elementary.

Wilkinson said the program was stopped before she started teaching there, and she felt like bringing it back would allow students to be more involved in the school.

There are currently 10 student officers that campaigned last year for office, and all the positions are filled by sixth-grade students.

Wilkinson said the student officers have embraced the food drive and have been very helpful in encouraging students to donate what they can.

Jackling’s diverse population includes some families on a limited income. Wilkinson and Chase said they wondered if that might affect how much food was collected.

“We know that there are a lot of low-income families in the school’s boundaries, and it’s not always easy to give,” Chase said. “This is a really special opportunity to see how generous people can be, even those that don’t have a lot of extra to spare. It’s wonderful to see the look of delight on the children’s faces when they are able to give a little.”

The food drive runs from Nov. 19 through Dec. 19. If Jackling students are able to collect 1,000 pounds of food, there will be an assembly to celebrate the accomplishment. Students that have brought food in have been earning tickets for a drawing. One lucky student will be able to throw a pie at Broderick during that assembly.

“Mr. Broderick has been a great supporter of this, and has agreed to make a fool of himself if our students reach their goal,” Chase said. “It’s nice to have the support of the administration for a big project like this.”

Wilkinson said Jackling’s student body officers are dedicated to helping out the community they live in. Several service projects were proposed, but the students decided a food drive was what they wanted to do. Wilkinson said the students made the decision to serve in any way they can.

“We’ve had student body officers in the past, and it’s great to see this year’s group really taking charge,” she said. “They help the students feel pride in their school and be proud to be a student at Jackling Elementary.”

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