April 19, 2013
The beginning of April can be a crazy time at Grace Lutheran Middle School in Pocatello. The 7th graders take a trip to Salt Lake City to study many of the fine arts and some of our 8th graders travel to Washington D.C. to learn about our country’s history. At the same time, however, some of our 8th graders and all of our 6th graders still occupy the hallways of GLS. In an attempt to keep these students busy and provide valuable learning experiences for them with a different teaching population present, we usually try to plan events within the community. This year, they were able to scuba dive, rock climb, learn gymnastics, experiment at the ISU craft shop, and serve at The Idaho Foodbank. Where most of these activities were new ones to the majority of our students, most of the post-trip feedback was related to The Idaho Foodbank. Students talked about the great experience they had there and that it felt “so amazing to help other people” (Liz, 6th grade). One student even commented:
“It was surprising to hear how many children go hungry in our community each weekend. It really gives me an idea as to how fortunate I am. Serving at the food bank gave me a chance to give back to my community; even it was through the sorting of moldy oranges.”
(Lillee, 6th grade)
At the Foodbank, students were given a tour in which they learned about how food is collected and distributed within our state. It surprised many of them and provoked a desire to help more frequently. In addition, students participated in two major servant projects. Some groups helped fill bags for the local backpack program and others sorted oranges. In each of the projects, students were eager to work and set goals about how much they could get accomplished. It was great to see their ambition and sense of accomplishment when they finished a task.
We would like to extend our gratitude to The Idaho Foodbank for allowing us to serve. We hope we can do more in the future.
Grace Lutheran School