Lessons Learned In Food Drive

By WBNG News

November 20, 2012 Updated Nov 20, 2012 at 7:18 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Students at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School learned a few lessons on helping community members in need.

As part of community service learning project, students took part in the second annual Thanksgiving CHOW Food Drive.

"They went home and saw what non-perishables they had at home and asked home if they could bring it into school for the larger collection at the school," said Amy Bennett, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School Social Worker.

Classrooms started collecting after the Fall Festival on October 26th.

"I just think it's essential for kids to think outside our four walls of our school and think of how they can help within the community," said Bennett.

A representative from CHOW picked up the food brought out by student volunteers.

Students were taught that the donations would stay within the community and go to families in need.

"Its so people can have a good thanksgiving with food and they can spend time with their family," said Casey Ciulla of Binghamton.

Last year the project raised 309 pounds of food, this year students believe they have donated much more than that.