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Ridgeland Elementary food drive benefits Hunger Free Zone

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1,300 canned items donated

  • Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times Ridgeland Elementary School’s food drive raised 1,300 cans for the county’s Hunger Free Zone.

The word of the month for Ridgeland Elementary School’s students was “compassion” and the school’s 851 students truly showcased their compassion in November by holding a canned food drive to benefit the county’s Hunger Free Zone.

In two weeks, 1,300 cans were raised.

Reyna Watson, the school’s pre-K to second grade guidance counselor, said the students were asked how they wanted to show compassion this month. They chose to have Hunger Free Zone be the beneficiary of the food.

“The opportunity to teach children about compassion and giving is awesome, especially at this age,” said Patricia Goings, Hunger Free Zone program director. “This is overwhelming.”

Said Watson: “We talk about compassion and this is how the kids demonstrate compassion to other folks. They are helping people who are less fortunate.”

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