The week before Thanksgiving, Paula Bishop's third-grade classroom at Sage Canyon Elementary School in Castle Rock resembled a mini grocery store. Items for the perfect Thanksgiving meal — canned …
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The week before Thanksgiving, Paula Bishop's third-grade classroom at Sage Canyon Elementary School in Castle Rock resembled a mini grocery store. Items for the perfect Thanksgiving meal — canned vegetables, boxed goods, marshmallows, a baking sheet for a turkey — lined the tables.
Each day of the week, Bishop's students carefully packed bags with enough food to feed a family of four, along with a gift card to be used for a turkey, eggs and butter, and a handwritten note.
“I hope your family has a great Thanksgiving and that your family is healthy,” Celia Palazzolo, an 8-year-old, wrote on a piece of paper.
“I hope your family has a nice Thanksgiving,” Collin Thompson, also 8 years old, wrote.
On Nov. 19, teachers and parents delivered the bags — along with winter items from the school's lost and found — to College View Elementary School in Denver, where 98 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunches. Sage Canyon students helped feed and provide warm clothing for 32 families in need this holiday season.
“It's really great to see their smiles,” said Erin Mulcahy, dean at College View Elementary. “We are so grateful for families to come together and make this possible for our families that are less fortunate.”
The food drive was the first of its kind at Sage View Elementary. Bishop said she was inspired by the words of her pastor, “What is and what should be.” She sent an email to parents a few weeks before the holiday, and the response was overwhelming.
Bishop's students are learning that it is privilege to live in Castle Rock, she said.
“Having their hands on the food makes a difference, rather than just writing a check,” Bishop said. “When you do something kind for someone else, that makes you feel good as well.”
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