Thanks giv­ing

FPC ELC stu­dents give to Food Pantry

The Covington News - - SUNDAY LIVING - By Jenny Thompson

Chil­dren at­tend­ing the Early Learn­ing Cen­ter at First Pres­by­te­rian Church of Cov­ing­ton are learn­ing early the value of giv­ing to those in need.

ELC Di­rec­tor Deana Gra­ham said she and teach­ers set a dif­fer­ent unit of study each month for all the classes.

“ This month is ‘ thanks­giv­ing,’” Gra­ham said, “ and so we’ve been talk­ing about how for­tu­nate we are.”

This Novem­ber the stu­dents have col­lected dozens of canned goods and boxed sides — three play- wag­ons full — to do­nate to the Com­mu­nity Food Pantry ad­ja­cent to the church.

“ They are very proud of them­selves be­cause of how many cans they’ve col­lected,” Gra­ham said.

Teach­ers also used the cans in their les­son plans about sort­ing and count­ing as well as the im­por­tance of giv­ing.

Four- year- old Caden Cog­gins brought in cans of soup and corn and boxed mac­a­roni and cheese.

“ They’re for the peo­ple who don’t have any food,” Cog­gins said. “All of us did it.”

Chil­dren also learned about the his­tory of Thanks­giv­ing and lis­tened to tales of the first colo­nial gath­er­ing be­tween English set­tlers and Amer­i­can In­di­ans.

“ They didn’t have any food or wa­ter, and the In­di­ans helped them grow corn,” said Sarah Jane Moss, 4.

On Fri­day morn­ing, the stu­dents lay­ered up with coats, hats and mit­tens and marched across Brown Street to the Food Pantry where they were greeted by grate­ful vol­un­teers.

“ We wanted them to take it so they could see where it’s go­ing,” Gra­ham said.

Gra­ham said each of the stu­dents tak­ing over the cans per­son­ally al­lows them to draw a sense of own­er­ship in the project as well as re­in­forces the value of com­mu­nity ser­vice.

Jenny Thompson/The Cov­ing­ton News

Quite a haul: Lan­don Mil­lard, left, Grace Teat, Claire Har­ri­son, Sarah Jane Moss and Brax­ton Oglesby help push a wagon full of cans out of the Early Learn­ing Cen­ter at First Pres­by­te­rian Church of Cov­ing­ton Fri­day morn­ing.

Jenny Thompson/The Cov­ing­ton News

in they go: Parks Har­ris, age 3, drops a few items into the can bucket at the Com­mu­nity Food Pantry on Brown Street Fri­day morn­ing.

Jenny Thompson/The Cov­ing­ton News

Sort­ing it all out: Caden Cog­gins, left, Vaughn Healy, Ja­cob Marsh, Jake Matthews and Brax­ton Oglesby sep­a­rate cans of green beans from cans of fruit in Marta Short and Kim Kin­gree’s pre-k class at the Early Learn­ing Cen­ter at First Pres­by­te­rian Church of Cov­ing­ton.

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