BELDING — Multiple families throughout the Belding area will have the chance to enjoy a plentiful Thanksgiving dinner this year thanks to the efforts of students at Woodview Elementary School.
When searching for ideas for fundraisers and other ways to make a difference in the community, the members of the Woodview Elementary School student council decided that a food drive would be a positive way to give back.
So the 10 fifth grade students who compose the council started making signs, banners and began spreading the word throughout the school to bring in as many food items as possible, with one slight twist compared to food drives from years past.
This year, all items would go to families of students at the elementary school.
After two weeks of collecting, the student body brought in more than 1,000 items to distribute.
On Monday, combined with donated turkeys from the local VFW post, the food was donated to several families in need, hopefully brightening the holidays for the students and their families.
“We collected cans, boxes, all kinds of goods,” 11-year-old fifth grade student Allyson May said. “One of the families who received food began crying and said they didn’t know how they were going to feed their family for the next six days. It feels good to help.”
Fifth grade student Alivia Lamborne, 10, said student council members at the school are expected to showcase traits of loyalty and honesty, and said it was very important to her to make sure that every student at the school enjoyed a good Thanksgiving.
“We always do the food drive every year, but this year we wanted to do it for families at our own school,” she said.
Principal Bruce Cook couldn’t be more appreciative of the student-led effort.
“I’m very proud of all of our students and the student council,” he said. “To see the building come together and donate all of these items, I’m very proud. We helped all of our own families and did the best to cover all that we could.”
Cook said leftover items are now being stored and will be saved for another food drive closer to Christmas.
“The kids are the ones that put the signs together and got the word out,” he said. “We gave them the idea and they ran with it from there. These students did a lot of this during their own lunch and recess time, it was wonderful. Hopefully this will lead to a great Christmas, as well.”