CAN we make a difference? You bet we CAN! Each November, as a school-wide community service project, our students, faculty, and staff members team up to collect CANned goods and funds to support the Community Food Bank as well as the food pantry for St. Michael and All Angels Church. From the Third Grade Bake Sale to the Kindergarten Car Wash, and the steady stream of donations of CANned food in between, our school community makes a difference. The end results are simply amazing. Last year, we filled more tables and boxes than we had space for. In addition, the monetary donations, which were doubled by Tucson Electric Power, made an impressive gift to the Food Bank. Generosity is a community value here, and we see it played out every day.
I hope that this year we CAN set the record for the most food and donations collected at St. Michael’s. Our school may not be the biggest, but our hearts are huge. Over the next month, please consider adding a few extra CANs of fruit or vegetables to your grocery cart each week. Make it a family affair in which the kids help to select the daily or weekly contribution to their class food goal. To help in the selection, here are suggestions for the areas of greatest need:
- Canned tuna fish
- Canned fruits and vegetables
- Mac & cheese or other pasta products
- Canned beans
- Canned soup
- Evaporated milk
- Peanut butter
- Juice box drinks
Thank you for your generosity and support as our community food drive begins. Our kids CAN make a difference, and we see it happening every single day. In this way we can pay our many blessings forward.
Head of School
The school’s Canned Food Drive has always been very important to me. As an undergraduate student in New Haven, Connecticut, I became involved in a hunger and homelessness project to help the many needy individuals in that impoverished city. My friends and I ran a food pantry once a week out of the local Salvation Army building. We served hundreds of men and women every week, packaging pasta, vegetables, soups, bread, and other items we had purchased from the local Food Bank, using money raised from our fellow students. We ran into patrons of the pantry frequently on the streets of the small city. The connection between donated items and hungry neighbors was immediate and powerful.
To help the Sixth Grade support this year’s Canned Food Drive, I am donating all proceeds this month from sales of photographic prints and other items from my newly created website, hawesoutside.com, to the effort. The site includes more than a thousand of my images from Arizona and beyond. Cross off some early Christmas shopping while helping people in our community!
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This past week, the islands of the Philippines suffered horrific devastation has one of the largest storms recorded made land fall. Lives were lost, families were shattered, and natural landscapes permanently altered. As the waters and winds calmed, many asked, “What next?” What is needed most, as stated by a local woman, is not material items or money or repaired roads. What is needed most is food. It is a basic element and need of all of us to survive. Not surprisingly, websites and Facebook pages from national, state, and local independent schools, including Episcopal schools, began reaching out to offer help. It is what we do as human beings. We reach out to help our fellow man (and woman) to meet basic needs. We work hard to instill in our students the values of kindness, compassion, generosity, and respect. We teach them that they can make a difference in this world by reaching out. This month at St. Michael’s, there is a fast and furious competition underway as each class works to collect the most canned goods and/ or money to support the Community Food Bank in Tucson as well as the food pantry at St. Michael and All Angels Church. Our students want to make a difference, and indeed, they are. Thank you to all of our families who have supported our students and their classes in this effort. Whether you had your tires and car washed by our Kindergarten students, shopped at the 3rd grade bake sale, bought cupcakes or cake pops from the 6th grade, or sent in checks or canned goods for the cause, St. Michael’s will be a major contributor to those in need in Tucson. It will make a difference this month to someone, but the lessons learned by our students will last a lifetime. Generous and compassionate hearts can change the world.
Head of School
Tucson Electric Power has generously offered to double any cash (or check) donations for the Community Food Bank. If you are planning on donating cash to our food drive, please donate prior to November 14th, which is the date that TEP is accepting the donations. We will be hand-carrying our donations to them.