It is very rewarding to see a service learning project from start to finish! Students have been donating cans and bottles all year to raise money to purchase food for Our Daily Bread, the local food pantry. Today several students met me at Hannaford’s Market to spend our money. In May and June, we had an anonymous donor match all donations that came in. With the generosity of our classroom community and a donation made by Hannaford’s our students spent $425.99 on goods for the pantry! Students were armed with an assigned section of the store. One group purchased non-perishable items for breakfast or lunch. Another group spent time in the paper good and cleaning aisle. A third group was able to purchase items from the health and beauty section. The discussions in the market about the best bargain or what items to buy from fifth graders were wonderful to listen to. They were using their math skills in a real-world application. The car is packed and tomorrow we will have our voyage to the pantry. This partnership has benefitted many students and their families, who continue to volunteer at the pantry long after they have left our classroom walls. Thanks to those who joined us today for an enriching experience!