St. Peter School contributes to food pantry

Monday, April 9, 2012
St. Peter School children collected these cans throughout Lent. (Maggie Menderski/Democrat-News)

Fifth-grader Karson Troth and her classmates towered St. Peter School's food pantry donations until the mound reached eye-level.

As the mound grew up, it also expanded outward into the school's gymnasium.

"So there was one can, and then all of a sudden then everybody started bringing them in, and then there was this mound," Troth said, as she gestured to the donation stacked along the front part of the stage and scattered out in smaller piles across the floor.

In conjunction with St. Peter Catholic Church's 40 Cans for 40 Days food drive, Tracy Crumbaugh's fifth-grade class sorted the sea of donations on Tuesday, April 3.

The students divided sauces from meats and vegetables from pastas. The school's donation alone filled more than a truckload, and these items hadn't even been added to the parish's count.

"A lot of people think Lent is about giving up something, but it's really about giving more of yourself," Crumbaugh said.

Troth, the top donator for the fifth-grade class, contributed 90 cans to the drive. She used some of her own birthday and Christmas money to purchase some of her donation.

"I felt like it was really nice to just do something for other people," she said.

Troth's classmate, Brenden Medcalf, brought in a collection of corn and green beans. For the past month, these fifth graders watched the pile in their classroom grow.

"It went from 10 to 20, 50 to 60 to 70 ..." he said as he recalled the size of his class's donation.

"It was fun seeing them escalate," Troth added.

Crumbaugh stressed the importance of teaching community service to her students.

As a Christian organization, St. Peter School strives to incorporate a sense of generosity in its students. Medcalf echoed the calling to help the less fortunate.

"I've got a lot, and now I can help other people," he said. "I liked the experience, really. We know the food pantry is low on food."

As the students sorted and piled, their teacher encouraged them to "work smarter, not harder."

As they prepared the pile, the students utilized "sliding friction" that they'd learned in class and teamwork.

"I'm very, very proud of them," Crumbaugh said. "I'll be interested to see how many pounds of food it actually is."

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  • Wow, THIS really makes a person proud of the kids in the community! (And the parents, who, no doubt, watched personal pantries diminish or watched their children buy good at the store for this sole purpose.) What does it say? The LORD will never e outdone in generosity? Good job, kids!

    There have been many good stories about area youth lately, it seems, including the MHS orchestra. Keep it up, Marshall!

    -- Posted by somewhere out there on Tue, Apr 10, 2012, at 3:18 PM
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