(KATV) Sherwood - With Thanksgiving just around thecorner, for some kids the vacation away from school means they will be hungry.That's why kids at William Jefferson Clinton Elementary collect food for theirclassmates.
The Pulaski County Special SchoolDistrict (PCSSD) has Home and School Consultants. They help fill that gap forneedy students but could not believe how much food kids helped collected thisyear.
Erika Mitchell has a 'uniform closet';everyday kids go to her needing shoes, coats, toiletries and after school snacks.She explains, "The majority of their meals are breakfast and lunch here at theschool. So we try to help out with that at home."
Mitchell is the PCSSD Home andSchool consultant for the school. She says, "This year we had more childrenidentified as homeless in our system." There are about 800 Pre-K through5th graders there. Last year students and staff made food boxes for 200 of thestudent's. Each box contains ingredients for a full Thanksgiving meal, but thisyear they needed more. She proudly announces, "We have exceeded our goal. Wewill feed more than 300 families for Thanksgiving."
Fifth grader, Syann Tenpenny, 10,went above and beyond. For two weeks she stood outside grocery stores askingfor donations. Mitchell smiles, "This is the first time this has ever happened.She got 1,914 can good all by herself."
Syann says she can't imagine notknowing where her next meal is coming from and it is the least she could do. Shesays, "I want to bless people."
It's people like Erika Mitchelland Syann Tenpenny that the Spirit of Arkansas is all about.
Syann single-handedly won thepizza party for her class.
Staff will begin handing out foodboxes on Monday.
Clinton Elementary also has anangle tree at the school. Every angel is a student that needs a gift for Christmas.