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Sagewood Elementary gives back to the community

Published: Oct. 20, 2021 at 6:25 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Sagewood Elementary School’s motto says it best: empowering a community of learners and leaders. That’s exactly what students are hoping to do as they learn about food insecurity and give back to the community.

“When we look at the leadership piece of that, the empowerment of that is putting it to the young kids, in their hands, and in their eyes and see how they give back to their community,” said Anna Lavin, the principal at Sagewood Elementary.

Staff at Sagewood worked with fifth grade students to organize a food drive to collect non-perishable items for Wyoming Food for Thought. Students have spent many hours preparing and assisting with the food drive. They’ve made posters, count items during recess, and communicate with different classes.

“Being a leader makes me feel like more responsible for helping other people and being role models and helping people with food and peanut butter and stuff like that to eat over the weekend,” said Aaliayah Peterson, a fifth grade student.

The food drive is a fun assignment students are taking seriously both in and outside the classroom. To add a little bit of a competitive spin, the school has separated students into grade levels, and they’re competing to see who can bring the most items in.

“There’s a little incentive for them to bring food in on top of the fact that they’re impact the community,” said Lavin.

Faculty and staff at Sagewood are working on creative ways they can celebrate their students for all their hard work, and although that may be a physical reward, the true win for many of these students is the joy they feel helping their community.

“It means a lot that I get to help people and I think for everybody it means you just get to help people and feel really good about that,” said Jenna Elliott, a fifth grade student.

Community members are invited to donate items to the food drive.

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