Chagrin Falls Middle School Student Council decided to make “March Madness” a month focused on giving this year by organizing a donation drive for “Harvest for Hunger.”
This program is Northeast Ohio’s Annual Hunger Relief Campaign that spans four food banks, 21 counties and a total of 30 years serving those who lack regular access to safe and nutritious food.
Students in the seventh and eighth-grade classes competed against different advisories to see who could bring in the most items per student from March 8-18. The winning advisory class for each grade won the opportunity to spend their advisory period in the gym. The top five students that brought in the most donations overall won a gift card to local Chagrin businesses.
Students brought in canned and non-perishable food items including beef stew, canned soup, canned vegetables, canned tuna, peanut butter and cereal. The school combined their donation efforts with the Chagrin Falls Fire Department (CFFD) and between the two groups, they were able to give 4,000 lbs. of food and $200 to the Greater Cleveland Foodbank.
“It is always wonderful to see how CFFD puts together pathways to caring for others.
Their team steps up when it counts most,” said Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives Christopher Woofter, Chagrin Falls Schools.
“The Fire Department motivates us to do great things and it helps the middle schoolers team build, while thinking about others,” said teacher Kathleen Aranavage, Chagrin Falls Middle School.
At Chagrin Falls Intermediate School, students and staff held a collection as well and the CFFD came to pick it up.
This past year, Gurney Elementary School staff members and family made 13 volunteer trips to the Cleveland Food Bank for a total of 39 volunteer hours. Volunteers worked an assembly line packing boxes with essential food to be delivered to others in need. They also inspected and sorted food donations.