Nicole Fournier Grisgraber, the new Executive Director for Meals on Wheels of Lamoille County, was looking for ways to get students involved with seniors at the Lamoille County site and also to help celebrate March for Meals to raise awareness about the program. She reached out and Leah Belitsos, consulting teacher for the 5th grade brought the idea to the rest of the 5th grade teachers. It took a lot of organizing, but it was well worth it!
Students were selected and broken into three groups. One group of 4 students supported the serving of St. Patrick's Day lunch and were able to interact with senior members of our community.
Two other groups, totaling 13 students, set out to increase awareness of Meals on Wheels by delivering cookies to over 40 local businesses. When presented with the opportunity to help, almost every student in the 5th grade class wanted to help!
While delivering cookies, students developed a script, demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, and expressed to members of the community the importance of the program. Students exhibited safe, respectful and responsible behavior across all settings and they demonstrated the expectations of Peoples Academy Middle Level to our community at large. Additionally, students were able to observe the process of producing 150+ meals that are provided to members of our community each day and how the meals provide security and support for so many. Thanks Nicole and all of the Meals on Wheels organization. And thanks to the community that supports Meals on Wheels!