The students and staff at Rost School have come together to help those in need. Since the beginning of the school year, students in Kathi Spiller’s class have been helping Sissy’s Pantry.
Sissy’s Pantry, a ministry of Oak Hills Methodist Church, which is just a few blocks from the school, engages with the community by serving others while collecting and distributing clothing, food and personal items to all who are in need, said Christopher stated using a prerecorded voice output device (VOD).
“We wanted to help those who have different needs than ours,” added Nathan, one of the students who volunteers, using a VOD.
The staff was inspired to help the students find volunteer opportunities that could possibly lead to employment. In November, they gathered food to donate around Thanksgiving.
Samantha said, by using a VOD, her class made greeting cards and decorative tiles to sell, and her classmate Paige added, by using a VOD, “with the money we make, we purchase non-perishable items for the pantry.”
Spiller said the decorative tiles and greeting cards had some holiday themes, but the main focus was on pieces you can use throughout the year including local sports themes. “We are involving all the students in the building in various ways including donating clothing, food, and working one day a week at the pantry,” she said.
Other classes in the building are also helping collect items for the pantry, including loose change to buy first-aid supplies or winter hats and gloves.
In February, the students put together bags of beans for bean soup. “We will be using a switch that will hold 1 cup of beans, and the student can activate a switch, and the beans will be poured into the bags,” said Parth with a VOD.
Students will also collect peanut butter, jelly, juice, and snack bags in the spring so Sissy’s Pantry has extra food for the summer break.
This story was originally published in the February 2016 issue of Reflections, the HCDDS newsletter. Sign up here to get Reflections delivered to your inbox.