The North Bend Eagle

 

First grade students get a lesson in giving

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 11/25/15

Forty-five first graders at North Bend Elementary had a lesson in the goodness of giving at the Thanksgiving season. Teachers Jill Lorence and Chris Peterson helped the children get in the spirit as well as incorporating a social studies lesson.

NBE giversRied Karnatz and Ashtynn Zakovec carry a basket of food into the kitchen at St. George's church.

“It was a good lesson in giving and not receiving,” Lorence said. “They were even surprised that we weren’t going to get the baskets back.”

The classes talked about giving and then a list was sent home the end of October with suggested items the children could contribute. The children brought whatever they wanted, filling 11 baskets. Six turkeys were contributed by the family of Mary Samuelson Ring, the other five from student’s families. On a sunny November day, they all rode a school bus to deliver food to local churches to give to the families needing assistance with their Thanksgiving.

When asked why they did this, Fiona Kavan said, “So we can help other people that don’t have other food.”

Kelsey Bunn and Elliot Vech said it made them feel happy to give to someone.

“We feel that this is a good lesson in teaching the students to give what they can to people in need,” Peterson said. “It ties in with our social studies lesson on communities and being a good citizen.”

All churches were asked if they knew of people needing food and to give out the baskets. Four baskets each were taken to St. George Catholic Church in Morse Bluff and the North Bend United Presbyterian Church. Principal Tessie Beaver distributed the other three baskets.

This is the 10th year first graders have done this project. Peterson said that for the first time three fifth graders contributed to the baskets.

“They probably just remembered doing it as a first grader and saw the baskets in my room,” she said.

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