Oak Ridge collects for food pantry
June 7, 2012 2:32PM
Updated: July 11, 2012 6:02AM
Students at Oak Ridge School in Palos Hills recently collected and donated 1,006 nonperishable food items to a local food pantry to help feed the hungry.
For the last four years, teachers Vince Annel and Lori Barker and their students have organized a food drive that benefits the Palos Hills Food Pantry. Students have responded in a big way, collecting and filling the shelves at the pantry with 5,192 food items during that time.
Annel and Barker, along with their students, created drop-off boxes, posters and a podcast presentation for students and staff to learn more about the food drive. Each day for two weeks, students picked up donated food items at designated drop-off areas throughout school.
They counted the items and kept a running total for each grade level.
As an award for their efforts, physical education teacher Patti Braglia treated each of the students in Annel’s and Barker’s classes to a piece of pie of their choice.
The school’s second-graders donated the most food items this year, which resulted in them receiving an extra recess from principal Beth Reich.
Provided to the SouthtownStar