Tommie Barfield Elementary School’s Student Council, along with its sponsors, Kathy O’Brien and Jennifer Jewette, worked hard all month long promoting, assembling boxes, and counting cans for the Salvation Army Canned Food Drive. “The students are very eager and willing to help others,” said Kathy O’Brien. “The excitement is school wide.”
TBE Morning Show provided daily publicity for the food drive and reported on individual classroom participation. Students vied in an eager competition to increase their classroom tallies. On the final collection day all classes were tuned in as Mrs. Reinke’s class was announced as the 2011 winner!
“I am really happy that it is going to a good cause and to help people who can’t afford to pay for food,” exclaimed fifth grade student, Gianna Orlando.
During the summer months alone, over 40,000 pounds of food have been distributed to hungry families in Collier County. The shelves have been depleted and, once again, the students at Tommie Barfield Elementary School were excited to take part in restocking the Salvation Army pantries.
Tommie Barfield staff and students in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade demonstrated their support for the community by collecting nonperishable food items through the months of October and November. TBE has been in first place collecting canned food items in the Collier County elementary school system for the past few years. This year, students gathered 6,190 cans with some individual classes bringing in more than 500 cans of food.
“If people really understand what it is doing for other people, they will want to help even more,” stated Chloe Nelson, fifth grade student.