Schools are some of the best hosts for Servants With a Heart packing events.
Students who participate learn about the importance of healthy eating in their own lives and how the meals they pack provide nutrition for the children who receive it. The packing event also allows children to experience teamwork and generosity first-hand. An event like this is a great way for your children to learn all of these skills and to give back.
At the start of a packing event, a SWH volunteer explains the importance of a nutrient-rich diet to the students, and how other children around the world are not as fortunate as them. She then explains the ingredients in each bag of food packed, and how all the elements come together to make a full meal that allows children to grow and be nourished.
When a school hosts a packing event, SWH provides the tools and the school fundraises to pay for the food. Sometimes coming up with the funds for an event can be difficult, but schools find ways to reach their goals. For example, at Elizabeth Lane Elementary students came up with their own ways to fundraise, and each student brought in money they raised. Having students raise their own money makes them more invested and feel responsible for the event.
Indian Land Middle School (ILMS) hosted a packing event in the spring. Afterwards, eighth grade English teacher Stephanie Secker spoke about the effects that SWH had on the students and the school as a whole.
Stephanie decided to host the event because she “wanted the National Junior Honor Society students to have an opportunity to serve others while here at school and also serve as volunteer role models for the entire student body and staff here at ILMS.”
During the event she observed how the entire school came together. Teachers, students, administrators, and parents “worked together in a positive, upbeat manner in order to serve impoverished people.”
Stephanie said there were no complaints amongst the students and that after they finished, “most students wanted to stay in the gym and pack for a longer period of time. They really were positively impacted by the opportunity and many thanked me for planning the event.”
These events motivate students and the adults to serve in a hands-on way and make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. Every school would benefit from what is learned at packing events, and continuing to host them strengthens the school community.
Find out more by contacting Suzanne@servantswithaheart.org