Elementary students collecting cereal for community

March to Stop Hunger ends on April 1
Published: Mar. 12, 2021 at 8:56 AM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Members of Watson Elementary’s Student Council are collecting boxes of cereal to donate to the Hastings Community Action Program.

Students have been doing so throughout March for what they call “March to Stop Hunger.” The goal is to collect 700 boxes of cereal to give to the Action Program which will collect them and give out to members of the community in need.

Watson’s Student Council is made up of 16 third, fourth and fifth graders and sponsored by Mr. Hollister and Ms. Niederklein who believe the fundraisers and drives are a great learning opportunity.

“It just shows them that you can be a good person,” Mr. Hollister, a fifth grade teacher at Watson, said. “You might have an outside influence that doesn’t want you to be, you can always rise above that to just be a better person and help those who might need a little more support than what you already have.”

Each year Student Council holds two fundraisers, getting the ideas from other schools, social media, or the internet. The sponsors try to keep out of the process and let students come up with ideas on their own and decide how and what they want to raise.

Last year one of the drives collected canned foods to donate to Hastings High School and Hastings Middle School’s food pantry. The year before one of the drives raised money for victims of the flooding in our area.

“If people can help us we need to help others as well,” Hollister said.

Watson will take cereal boxes from anyone who is willing to donate, not just those within the school.

When the drive ends on April 1 the school is going to line up the boxes in the hallway and let them fall down like dominos to celebrate what they brought in.

To donate you can stop by Watson Elementary or call (402) 461-7593.

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