WARSAW — Harrison Elementary’s fourth grade class carried food donations from the school’s annual food drive to Combined Community Services Thursday afternoon, Nov. 16.
“I saw some of my former students who have kids now bringing stuff in,” said Harrison PE Teacher Scott Mehlberg, who heads up the event. “It’s going full circle. Those kids learned, and now they’re teaching their kids.”
The Huskies collected 4,144 food items over the last week, beating the school’s goal of 3,500. Miss Kerschner’s fourth grade class brought in the most donations to receive the honor of carrying the donations to the CCS and see where the donations actually go.
“Just to make things a little bit more real for the kids and understand the importance of helping when you can, and the kids have been great,” stated Mehlberg.
The students who brought in the most donations also received a pizza party for their efforts, but Mehlberg noted they never asked when they’d receive the party, just when they got to deliver the food. The students walked .3 miles down the road with a police escort to deliver the food to CCS and unload the truck.
“It’s a behavior that’s learned. These kids have caring hearts. They want to help, but a lot of times they can’t whole lot because they can’t drive…don’t have jobs, but it’s teaching that compassion.”