Christopher Academy Students Take Hands-On Approach to Fighting Hunger
Preschoolers at the Christopher Academy Montessori School campuses in Westfield and Scotch Plains were doing more than just enjoying fingerpainting and story time this week.
On Tuesday and Wednesday the students were busy learning about giving back to the community by making sandwiches to donate to Streetlight Mission in Elizabeth. In addition to creating the lunches, the youngsters also decorated the brown bags and helped to pack the sandwiches for those in need.
“Maria Montessori had a vision for children to be caring, respectful, individuals," said Elsie Powell, Christopher Academy’s Campus Director in Westfield. "At Christopher Academy, we embrace this philosophy and work closely with the Parent’s Association to bring this to our community. This project gives the children an opportunity for outreach beyond the confines of the school.”
Streetlight Mission serves the greater Elizabeth area by helping those who are struggling with poverty, substance abuse and hopelessness. Streetlight provides services in the form of education, wellness, housing, clothing, and career counseling to those in need.
A total of 160 students and 13 teachers from the Christopher Academy campuses participated in the sandwich making project. Each child made a least one of the total 170 sandwiches that were prepared and will be delivered by members of the Parent's Association.
Families of the preschoolers donated all the food necessary for the endeavor.
Westfield resident Julie Willard is a parent assistant who helped the children make the food.
“It is lovely for the children to help other families in need,” she said. "The Christopher Academy chooses a community service project every year. For the past two years they have chosen to assist Streetlight Mission."