December 11, 2012
PVCICS Sixth Graders Collect 426 Pounds of Food for Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
From November 6th to November 14th, 2012, sixth grade students at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School (PVCICS) hosted a school-wide food drive to benefit area families facing hunger this winter. The students collected 426 lbs of non-perishable food and $534, which they delivered to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.
Led by social studies teacher Mr. Kevin Lawson, PVCICS 6th grade students planned and implemented the food drive in its entirety. Students created promotional posters and posted them around the school to raise awareness about the needs of the food bank. "It’s important for students to realize they are part of a larger community," said Mr. Lawson, "and we should do everything we can to become aware of struggles within that community." Over the course of the week, sixth graders collected donations during the day, and consolidated donations at the close of each school day. At the end of the food drive, parent volunteers delivered the food to the Food Bank.
In class, the sixth grade students watched a documentary on hunger in class and discussed what they learned. “The food drive project embodies PVCICS’s commitment to integrating community service into primary and secondary education,” said PVCICS Principal Kathleen Wang. “It teaches students to give back to the community and that they can help make a difference in someone’s life.”
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts distributes food to shelters, food pantries, meal sites, and low-income senior citizens. "The Food Bank and our member agencies are facing a very stark reality: stubbornly high demand for food assistance and less resources with which to provide it," writes Andrew Morehouse, Executive Director of the Food Bank. School food drives play a crucial role in raising urgently needed resources and elevating community awareness about hunger prevention. The Food Bank provides assistance to more than 135,000 people across Western Massachusetts.
PVCICS is a tuition-free regional public charter school with nearly 300 students from over 30 communities across the Pioneer Valley. PVCICS prepares K-9th grade students for academic and cross-cultural success through rigorous study and instruction aligned with state and federal standards, augmented with Chinese language and culture. PVCICS focuses on graduating students with excellent scholarship, high proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and English, and sensitivity to multiple cultures.