Look For the Helpers

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“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” — Mister Rogers

Oregon Food Bank Service Project

On December 6, the fourth grade went to the Oregon Food Bank for a community service project. OFB’s mission is to eliminate hunger in Oregon, and we were there to help them fight hunger in our state.

We started with a briefing from our leader, Matt, who had us start our experience by sanitizing and gearing up with hairnets, aprons, and gloves. After that, we began bagging apples from bulk bins into 7 pound bags. The apples we bagged would eventually be included in food boxes that would go out to people from around the state who qualify for food assistance.

An hour and a half later, we cleaned up and took a tour of the warehouse, learning many important facts about the OFB and the people they serve. The highlight, as always, was getting to go inside the giant walk-in freezer.

We had a valuable experience at the OFB and were happy to help in their fight against hunger. We want to send a huge thanks to all the parent helpers and to the always patient, kind, intelligent workers at the Oregon Food Bank.

Learning Through Service from Kevin Baumbach on Vimeo.

Art Literacy: Greek Vases

Special thanks to Lynn, Maria, Tamara, Laura, Darren, and Colleen for coming in and helping the fourth grade learn about Greek art. We appreciate your help as we created vases influenced by Greek style.

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