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Country Day School collecting for Second Harvest


As one of its service learning projects, the student council of Jacksonville Country Day School is collecting food and cash donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Jacksonville. The drive runs December 13-17, 2010.

“With the current state of the economy we knew there were many people who needed a helping hand,” said Jennifer Roberts, student council sponsor and fourth grade teacher. “The Second Harvest Food Bank is a wonderful organization that directly affects the people who need it most.”

Collection bins have been placed along drop-off and pick-up points at school, where students may deposit canned goods and other non-perishables.

Second Harvest reports that each one dollar donation enables them to generate six meals for people in need, so each JCDS student is encouraged to give one dollar.

Student council members have designed posters which now decorate the hallways, and will visit classrooms every day during the food drive to remind students the importance of combating hunger in our city.

Character education is an integral part of the curriculum at JCDS, and service learning projects give students the opportunity to “make a difference” in the lives of others who may not be as fortunate.  Previously this year, the student council raised funds and made a donation to daniel.

“We hope that the children will gain a sense of how important it is to extend a helping hand in their community and to understand that their efforts have an impact on others,” said Mrs. Roberts.

Jacksonville Country Day School is mission is to “prepare students for a healthy and productive lifetime of intellectual exploration, character development, and social responsibility.”

Jacksonville Country Day School, established in 1960, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year.

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