Food Bank - Impact of Giving

Name of School:

Rainbow Creek Elementary

Our school is considered:

elementary

In five words or less, describe your prototype

Giving back to the community

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How might we?:

How might we differentiate learning opportunities to include the building of foundational skills and represent student voice while making connections to the community?

Describe the prototype(s) your school will focus on. Get creative. Be sure to describe the various approaches staff will take, what you will keep your eye on and how staff plan to document their results.

Our families donate to a variety of charities throughout the year. Often we collect items for the food bank, but once we have collected them, the students don't see the items again nor the impact their generosity can have in the community. We had two classes, a grade 2 and a grade 5 class, organize a tour and volunteered time their time at our local foodbank. The students walked and delivered the food the school had collected. Then they helped organize, check due dates and sort the food. Through ongoing conversations and observations, the teachers are investigating whether knowing the impact of giving to others will foster empathy in our young learners. 
The students really enjoyed sorting the food and looking at the expiry dates. They were proud to bring food from home and take it there themselves. At the food bank they enjoyed learning about food and the difference between perishable and non-perishable items. The students were asked to come back in the spring and help again, and they can't wait! The food bank staff shared that there are 30 families in our community who regularly use the food bank. This surprised the students as they thought it would only be homeless people who would need food. Moving forward, the students will revisit the food bank, but in a smaller group. They found two classes too many for the space. The students will be reflecting on the experience in myBlueprint, to share what they learned with their families. All of the principles of LEARN were addressed in this prototype as our students developed empathy, engaged in the community and reflected on the experience.