Monday, April 22, 2013

Giving Back

A large group of Spring Branch ISD elementary students volunteered to give back to the community through the Houston Food Bank on April 6. Students who participate in the Kids School Health Advisory Council (K-SHAC) at Westwood and Edgewood elementary schools, along with students involved in the President’s Club at Westwood, headed to the Houston Food Bank to serve the less fortunate in our community.

The K-SHAC program was started in SBISD by Westwood Health Fitness Teacher Samuel Karns to promote healthy living and positive choices. Since then, student membership has increased. Students learn in the program that community service is a big part of leading a healthy, fulfilled lifestyle, too. At the Houston Food Bank, students prepared more than 25,000 meals by working in an assembly line where they packed cereal, pasta, milk, chili, vegetables, fruits and cookies into containers to be handed out.

Through working together, students learned that a village of people willing to give back can make a huge difference if they work together, event organizers reported. Teachers were delighted to see students getting excited about their volunteer work and embrace the empowerment giving back brings to individuals at such a young age. Karns and other school club leaders plan on looking into more ways to get students involved with the Houston Food Bank and Spring Branch area community through other service work, he said.

This report compiled by Communications Dept. intern Kali Venable.


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