Gator-Aid Raises Hunger Awareness
Posted 02/24/2014 09:00AM
Middle School students demonstrated the “compassion” tenet of the GA’s mission recently with a food drive and hunger initiative that concluded this month. Students and faculty discussed issues of food scarcity in Monday Morning meetings in addition to participating in hunger related activities in advisory.
Rebecca Hatchett, MS director of community service explained, “We came up with the idea for a food drive before the holidays and challenged the girls to bring in food. We decided February would be ideal to have the drive since most food banks are inundated around the holidays, but then interest wanes in the cold winter months. “
The initiative concluded with the annual Gator-Aid event on February 20 where students watched excerpts of the hunger documentary A Place at the Table. Ms. Hatchett said, “We selected a few scenes that featured a fifth grade student in Colorado because we felt our students would be able to identify with her.”
Afterwards, a highlight of Gator-Aid, the faculty vs. student dodge ball game took place. An intimidating faculty dressed in black took on bedecked, bedazzled, and tutu’d team of students.
The students collected hundreds of pounds of food that will be donated to the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. If you would like to continue the good work our students have started, visit www.foodbanklfc.org/help for details.