Evaline School District students delivering food to the Winlock-Vader Food Bank.
Tis the season for giving and the students at Evaline School District did a wonderful event giving to the Winlock-Vader Food Bank. This is the time of year so many are in need, especially during a pandemic and these students wanted to help, and help they did!
On Monday, November 29, the students at Evaline School hopped on a school bus and handed their food items to the food bank. Susan Duren, Student Liaison for Evaline School, stated how the event started, "Our staff came up with the idea of having a food drive to benefit our local community when we were discussing a need to modify our traditional all school Thanksgiving Feast to match current safety protocols. Our students are accustomed to bringing food items for use at the feast, so making a change to donating the food items instead was very doable for our families."
Evaline School District had a goal for each student, Duren stated, "The goal we made was that of having each class bring in a minimum of 1 item per student by the day of our feast. Students' families and staff brought in canned goods as well as unopened boxed food items."
If you have driven to Napavine, you have noticed the one room schoolhouse holding a small grade school. Duren stated, "The students at Evaline are used to working together as a community and helping one another like family, so this was just an extension of that toward our larger Lewis County community. Most students were very eager to contribute as well as to count, pack, and deliver the donated items. When each class met their class goal the students celebrated with receiving a thankfulness themed activity to take home."
With the changing of the time, Evaline School is changing as well. Duren continued, "Evaline School, like many other school districts, is placing a greater emphasis on social-emotional learning this year, and students have been learning thus far about the character traits of courage, respect, perseverance, and gratitude. We were able to apply these character traits toward this project for some great in class discussion and learning opportunities."
The food drive was not only from the students, everyone participated. Duren stated, "All classes and staff participated in the food drive. The kindergarten brought in the most food per student, but the third and fourth grade class brought in the most items overall, and represented our school in the delivery of the donated food items."
Evaline School would like to thank the staff from the Winlock-Vader Foodbank for the tour and education they provided related to the services they provide. It is the time of year to give and the students of Evaline have started the holiday's off right. They gave to their community, can you?