Recently, the Wallingford Elementary School [WES], Wallingford Town Hall, Wallingford Day Care, the Gilbert Hart Library and the Thrive Center of the Green Mountains collected in excess of 360 non-perishable items for the Rutland Community Cupboard.
Grades K-3 worked altogether to count and organize the food. Kindergartners and first graders sorted the food, second graders graphed the amount of food each class collected, and third graders collected the food from the classrooms and completed a bar graph showing the various categories of food collected.
Ms. Valente's second grade students delivered the food to the cupboard along with the cash donations; they also helped to stock the shelves.
"The children were fantastic with the collecting, counting and graphing during this project. When they arrived at the RCC's small building, the kids worked together beautifully, without one problem. Just remarkable. I am so proud of them," said Patty Bartlett.
The second grade collection project, coincided with annual Thrive Center of the Green Mountains and Giving from the Heart's week-long promotion. In addition, to the food collection, the center donated a portion of all money collected to the Rutland Natural Food Market, according to Lisa Donohue of Thrive.