There are only 124 students at Sabillasville Elementary, but during the “Kids Helping Kids” food drive this past October, they collected 163 food items, which will be distributed to local food banks. This program, which is sponsored by the Maryland State Department of Education, is coordinated by the Maryland Food Bank for the purpose of fighting child hunger and building the next generation of anti-hunger advocates.
Fifth-grade peer mentors helped with the food drive. These students work on various projects during the year, and are also reading buddies for younger students. Guidance counselor Stacy Bokinsky, who organized the food drive, said that all of the students were excited to watch the collection boxes fill up with food. She was pleased with the amount of food collected and said that “there are some big hearts out there.”
Food bank donations are stacked up behind fifth-grade peer mentors, Calliope Hench, Leland Greco, Kylie Stracener, Hope Brown, Nathanael Hahn, Madisyn Fogle, Zoey Green, and Jazzy Padron, along with Principal Kate Krietz (second from right) and Counselor Stacy Bokinsky (far right).