School Drive Benefits HARP
Before taking their own break for Thanksgiving, a group of Meadows Elementary School students gathered boxes of canned goods and other non-perishable food to help their neighbors.
The school’s Youth Ambassadors, representing each third- through fifth-grade class in the Fort Hood school, promoted the drive, gathered the goods, checked expiration dates and boxed up the donations.
One of their sponsors, parent liaison Cassandra Donathan delivered the food Wednesday to Killeen ISD’s Homeless Awareness and Response Program.
The program maintains clothes and food supplies for students and their family members identified as homeless based on federal guidelines.
The Meadows Youth Ambassadors conduct service projects and conduct building tours for new students.
“We help people,” said third-grader Maria Rivers. “We like to do good for the community.”
She and other ambassadors praised their peers and staff members for contributing food to help others.
“We like to do projects like this,” said fourth-grader Siena Incorvaia. “We decided to bring canned food to help people who need it.”
The service-minded student organization members also greet students new to Meadows, show them around the school and help acclimate them.
“I’m a helper-girl,” said Incorvaia. “I like to help people who are shy.”
She was happy that so many in her school pitched in on the food drive.
Fourth-grader Alexander Mempin was also happy to be a part of helping others. He said when he sees people in need he wants to help.
“My family has always helped out people,” he said. “I wanted to be able to do something, too.”
Those interested in contributing to HARP may contact the office, located at the Jackson Professional Learning Center at 902 Rev. R.A. Abercrombie Drive in Killeen. Hours coincide with the KISD school calendar.
Contact information is available at the following: https://www.killeenisd.org/homeless_program