EDMOND — Students at Clegern Elementary School got a jump-start on holiday giving, reaching out to needy students at an Oklahoma City school.
On Monday, more than $7,500 worth of food and supplies was put into about 200 bags, one for each student at Shidler Elementary. Most of the Shidler children are from families challenged by poverty.
In the morning, Clegern Elementary's assembly room was converted into a staging zone, where students from each grade took turns helping administrators, teachers and parents pack up bags, each valued about $40.
School counselor Allison Morris said the money and supplies were made possible by school parents.
“I really can't thank our parents enough,” Morris said.
The effort was part of Rachel's Challenge, a national movement with the goal to “motivate, educate and bring positive change to many young people,” Morris said. The movement is named for Rachel Scott, a student and victim of the 1999 Columbine school shooting.
Clegern's fifth-graders, parents and other volunteers took the bags to Faith of the Inner Works, 1300 S Byers, across the street from Shidler.
Organizers hope the food helps Shidler students and families during next week's Thanksgiving holiday period, when children will not be in school and have access to free meal programs.