Prairie Students Give Thanks Through Community Outreach

3,457.50 = total raised during this year’s all-school food drive

At this time of year, soup kitchens swell with volunteers and food pantries go into overdrive, passing out turkeys, canned food, vegetables, and even clothing. This year, students were challenged to take a moment and learn about hunger in our community and to also support local families. Students and families raised over $3,400 which was donated to the Racine County Food Bank (RFCB) this Thanksgiving.

230 = pounds of food harvested and donated

The last of the Giving Garden produce was harvested this November. A total of 316 pounds was harvested by classrooms, teachers and parent volunteers of which 230 pounds was donated to the Racine County Food Bank.

61 = pairs of shoes donated to the Primary School winter clothing drive

Primary School students and families have been working to collect various winter clothing items that will be donated to local churches and shelters. To date, at least four full barrels of clothing have been collected with over 61 pairs of shoes from Mrs. Leinweber’s second grade class.

2,904 = total service hours accumulated by Upper School students this fall

Upper School students work with local community organizations volunteering their time and talents. So far, students have supported organizations including Big Brother Big Sisters, Lions Club, River Bend Nature Center, Lakeshore Manor, and St. Monica’s Senior Citizens Home.

Help Us Continue to Support the RCFB

Purchase a Giving Garden Cookbook (cash or checks payable to TPS) from the Upper School office. C.L.A.S.S. has already sold 81 books beyond the initial cost of the project. This means a monetary donation of $1,620 will go directly to RCFB. With plenty of books still available, C.L.A.S.S would like to double the donation to $3,240! The challenge: 81 by 1/8. That’s 81 more books by January 8, 2015. Can we do it? The student-created cookbook features tasty recipes from the TPS community and would make a great holiday gift! And it’s typically after the holidays that donations to food banks decrease.