By La Canada Elementary Principal, Mrs. Emily Blaney
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
― John Bunyan
In this season of giving, La Cañada Elementary students are doing their fair share. In October, the first grade students participated in Socktober, an event that encouraged people to donate new socks for the homeless. Homeless shelters can only take new, unused socks, and socks are among the most needed items for shelters. The first graders ended up collecting 345 pairs of socks!
One of our third grade classes raised $100 to adopt a penguin chick through the Aquarium of the Pacific to complement their study of the novel, Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Even better, they voted on names for the penguin, entered the winning game in the Aquarium’s drawing, and won! You may get a chance to meet Fisher, the Penguin, next time you visit.
The Kindergarten classes collected items and wrote notes to service men and women through the Operation Gratitude organization. They collected Halloween candy, toiletries, socks, hats, scarves, etc. and drew pictures and wrote letters to the troops. In fact, the Kindergarteners were learning about being thankful and serving others throughout the month of November. They focused not only on those who protect our country, but why they are thankful for their friends and families, too.
LCE Girl Scout troops have also been in the giving spirit. One troop collected Halloween candy for Operation Gratitude and another collected used books for Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles’s Adopt-A-Family Program.
Our Student Council was in charge of organizing and collecting food for the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge. NASA Services provided large bins, and each grade level was tasked with collecting certain items for the food drive. Our TK, Kindergarten, and 1st grade students donated pasta, rice, and beans. Our 2nd and 3rd grade students donated cereal, granola bars, and oatmeal. Our 4th and 5th graders donated canned vegetables, and our 6th grade students donated canned fruit. All La Cañada Unified schools participated in this worthwhile community partnership. This year was a record breaking year. Over 40 barrels of food were donated and helped families in need at Thanksgiving time and beyond. Student Council member Warren Langton summed up the experience: "The students did very well and put a lot of hard work into getting all of the food they needed to. This year was a record and everyone hopes that every year can be more successful than the year before."
La Cañada parents are well known for their intentional acts of service and generous donations to the schools, the local community, and beyond. It is always a wonderful thing to see similar acts carried on by the students, because charitable students become caring, responsible adults.