Arnold MS Student Council conducts food drive to help families

March 17, 2021

Arnold holds food driveArnold Middle School student council members display signs showing support for families during Curbside CONNECT Meal distribution on March 11. The council conducted a food drive in the weeks leading up to spring break, with more than 150 grocery bags worth of food collected and distributed alongside the curbside meals to support families during the March 15-19 break.

March 17, 2021—The Arnold Middle School student council held a food drive on campus in the weeks leading up to spring break, with council members packing more than 150 grocery bags worth of food to distribute and support families during the March 15-19 break.

The students partnered with the nutrition services team at Arnold, which serves as a host school for CFISD Curbside CONNECT Meals. The program provides breakfast and lunch at no cost to all children 18 and younger and is approaching 3 million meals distributed since beginning service to the CFISD community in March 2020.

Food collected during the campus drive was distributed alongside the curbside meals to families on March 11.

“The students at Arnold know that we are one Arnold family,” said Martha Crownover, Arnold eighth grade language arts teacher and student council co-sponsor. “They look forward to helping one another and were excited to bring items they knew someone else needed.”

0317 Arnold Food Drive 2 WEB.jpgThe Arnold Middle School student council packed more than 150 grocery bags worth of food. A competition between the three grades helped incentivize more donations for the food drive. The eighth grade students donated the most food and will receive a snow cone treat.

The idea for the food drive came following the winter storm in February. Classes were cancelled for one week, as were activities and programs such as Curbside CONNECT.

Competition between the three grades helped incentivize more donations, as the growing pile of food was displayed on the stage in the cafeteria. The eighth grade students donated the most food and will receive a snow cone treat.

“Everyone was passionate about helping their peers,” said Jessica Gonzales, Arnold eighth grade language arts teacher and student council co-sponsor. “After two weeks, our cafeteria stage was full and we were ready to hand out the food.”

Council members organized the food and strategically bagged donations for distribution in grocery bags donated by H-E-B. In addition, they made signs showing support for the community during curbside meal distribution on March 11, and placed bags of food alongside curbside meals for families as they drove up.

“As educators, we have a responsibility to demonstrate to our students how to contribute to the world,” Crownover said. “We must also allow the students the opportunities to give within the community. I am so proud to be a part of the giving hearts of the Arnold family.”

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Arnold Middle School held a food drive in the weeks leading up to spring break. The donations were placed on the stage in the cafeteria and grew as the days went leading up the March 11 distribution. In total, Arnold student council members packed more than 150 grocery bags worth of food.

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