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Local preschoolers raise more than 82,000 cans of food

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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 1:08 pm

Demonstrating their commitment to giving to others, Primrose Schools from across the Valley and Primrose School of Fletcher Heights in Peoria recently helped feed hungry families throughout the Phoenix area. Nov. 15, preschoolers donated more than 82,000 food items to St. Vincent de Paul and the Million Can Crusade with Ben and Matt from KNIX.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international non-profit organization dedicated to serving the poor and providing others with the opportunity to serve. The Phoenix Diocesan Council has been assisting central and northern Arizona families since 1946. Programs include services for the homeless, medical and dental care for the working poor, charity dining rooms, thrift stores, a transitional housing shelter and general assistance for individuals in need.

“Children from Primrose Schools across the nation participated in food drives over the past month, but they did much more than simply bring in items from their parents’ pantry,” said Heather Legeza Primrose School owner of the Fletcher Heights Primrose School. “The students earned money by completing extra chores at home, combined their earnings and then counted them in the classroom. They reviewed grocery store sale advertisements and clipped coupons to find best values on nutritional food, created a detailed shopping list and took a field trip to the local grocery stores to shop for local families in need.”

Primrose students gathered and met at the Primrose School of Ahwatukee to make the donation. They presented the jumbo check, loaded the truck and visited with other preschoolers from around the Valley, shared in their own feast and made table decorations for St. Vincent de Paul.

The donation of nearly 82,000-plus food items comes when American families find themselves in critical need as men, women and children face hunger. According to Feeding America, 36 million Americans struggle with hunger, including 13 million children.

Giving back to the community was a major focus of the annual food drive, as well as a key component of Primrose Schools’ Balanced Learning® curriculum, which blends teacher-directed and child-initiated activities with special emphasis on character development. The Caring and Giving program is a nationwide initiative, with participation from more than 245 Primrose Schools across the country and helps students understand the value of generosity and creates a hands-on approach to math, nutrition and planning skills.

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