GEMS Learning Community Lends a Helping Hand

The GEMS community took time to gather and celebrate the generosity of our community right before our Thanksgiving break. During the 4 weeks of the annual Meals Marathon Food Drive, students and families donated 4,018 food items and $76 in cash contributions!

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The Food Drive team gave special recognition to Mr. Toof (6th Grade Teacher) and Mr. Demar (5th Grade Teacher) who decided to motivate their students by adding in a little healthy competition to this annual event.  And in good spirit, Mr. Toof followed through by “happily” wearing a Cowboy’s jersey for a day in recognition that 5th Grade donated more items than the 6th Grade Team.

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Following the assembly in the gym, the students formed a “food line”….another tradition of the Meals Marathon. One by one, food items were passed along and loaded onto the truck that would take the items to the Georgia Food Shelf.

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“We couldn’t do this (help our community members) without your help” said June Waite who volunteers at the Food Shelf.

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“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world.  For indeed, that’s all who ever have.” ~ Margaret Mead

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The Food Drive team is thankful to our students, teachers, parents and community members who helped make this an awesome, rewarding experience!


Target 4. Engaged Community Partners: FWSU staff and students will collaborate, innovate, create and conceptualize ideas and learning with local, regional, state, and global partners to make a difference in their community, state, and world.

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