Fremd High School students, staff, and community members are participating in an annual Cereal Drive to support the local Palatine Township Food Pantry.
The fourth annual cereal drive started on Nov. 11 and will run through Nov. 26. The event was originally started by the Viking Advisory and Mentoring Program (VAMP), and has grown to include participation from the entire school. This year's goal is to collect 1,000 cereal boxes or more.
"This is an opportunity for students to give back to the community, which has given our school much," said Chad Jonas, business education teacher at Fremd High School and VAMP coordinator. "We first asked the Palatine Food Pantry what they desperately needed, and cereal was the thing that they really wanted. Since then it's been cereal boxes. It's good for the students and provides families with at least a box of cereal every week for months."
Students can drop off boxes of cereal before school or during student lunch hours. Additionally, community members can participate in the drive by dropping off boxes of cereal at the front check in table at the main entrance. Jonas said every single donation counts. They hope to provide several community members with meals and boxes of cereal, as well as provide a leadership role to students.
"I think when students get to see the food pantry and see that it does provide a lot to families in need, they get a new perspective about things," Jonas said. "It's a cool experience when they start seeing the cereal boxes collect and that they are really making a difference in the community."
For information or questions, please contact Chad Jonas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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