One Student + One Vision = 10,000 Donations

11:53 AM, Feb 15, 2008   |    comments
  • Boxes of sorted food at Greensboro Day School
  • Antonio Jackson
  • Antonio Jackson helps students sort canned goods
  • Bags of food collected by Greensboro Day School
  • Assistant Head of School Tommy Webb & Erica Taylor
    
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Greensboro, NC -- That is case with one Greensboro Day School student, who recognized a need and wanted to help. Now, his entire school involved.

Antonio Jackson is a junior at Greensboro Day School, and a regular volunteer at Greensboro Urban Ministry.

When he noticed the food supply running low, he decided to motivate his classmates to help out.

"I went to go get bread from the back, and I saw there wasn't even a lot of food in there. So I was like, something needs to be done," said Jackson.

Jackson approached Josh Shoemaker, director of service learning, to figure out a plan. Before long, the "10,000 Ways to Say Thank You" project was born.

"I think one student can make a difference, with the help of everyone else," he said.

The school recieved a $5,000 grant, which the school used to buy $5,000 worth of canned food.

Students and staff aimed to raise an additional 5,000 cans on their own. By Friday morning, 8,620 pounds had been collected.

The grant money will be used to purchase cans of food from Lowes Foods, the partner grocery store for the project. The remaining cans will be collected from the community.

If you are interested in making a difference in your community, the Greensboro Urban Ministry and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina are always looking for donations or volunteers.

To check out other volunteer opportunities in Greensboro, click here.

WFMY News 2

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