Good news from schools: Pharr Elementary exceeds can collection goal

Students at Pharr Elementary didn't just meet their goal of collecting 2,009 cans of food in a five-day drive to help the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry.

"We surpassed our goal thanks to the wonderful support of Pharr families and the community," teacher Monica Karambelas said.

The school's multiage classes collected 3,175 cans for the co-op that helps Gwinnett families in Snellville, Grayson and Loganville.

"All people had to do was bring in food from their house or go buy a can at the store," student E'Lanah Johnson said. "It is important to help people."

Sydney Pruehs said all of the students helped by bringing in cans of food.

"Kids are not going to be hungry because of us," Sydney said.

The students also recognized the importance of helping others in the community.

"It is so important to help the co-op," Molly Reagin said. "I have lots of food on my table and it would be sad to have empty bowls. That is why I gave food."

Later this month, the school will continue to fight hunger in the community by hosting an Empty Bowls dinner. Empty Bowls is a national service learning project.

Salad, soup and bread will be provided by Publix, and teachers will make and donate desserts. Suggested donations for the meal, scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26, are $6 for adults and $3 for children. All money collected that evening will be donated to the cooperative ministries in Lawrenceville and Southeast Gwinnett.

Wesleyan students

sponsor 'Souper Bowl'

Wesleyan's Middle School Serve His League and Middle School Student Council sponsored the Souper Bowl of Caring from Jan. 20 to 29, collecting is 3,768 cans of food for the Norcross Cooperative Ministry, North Fulton Community Charities and the Community Action Center.

Seventh grade collected the most cans - 1,367 items.

As a reward, the seventh-graders had a Jeans Day on Feb. 4, and the entire middle school will have a Jeans Day Wednesday.

"The generosity shown by these students will provide food for many people in our community," school spokesman Chad McDaniel said.

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post. For more good news, visit www.gwinnettdailypost.com.