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Our cereal drive idea started in 2016 while we were volunteering at Boca Helping Hands, which is an amazing local charity that offers food and job assistance to less fortunate families in our community. We were packing pantry bags at their food bank and noticed there was no breakfast cereal to put in the bags. We realized there was almost always a shortage of cereal for the pantry bags due to a lack of breakfast donations. Like most kids, cereal is one of our favorite foods, so the lack of cereal at the food bank made us extremely concerned because we know cereal makes kids super happy and helps them start out their day in a positive way.
After that day, we couldn’t stop thinking about all the kids and families in our community who weren’t getting to enjoy the unique happiness of cereal. That’s when we had an idea. Let’s start a Cereal Drive at our school, Calusa Elementary! We wrote a proposal for a cereal drive and presented it to our school’s student council. It was a simple, fun proposal. Over one week, students would bring in cereal boxes to their classrooms. Those boxes would get donated to the Boca Helping Hands food bank for distribution in the pantry bags. The classroom who donated the most boxes would win a cereal party as a reward. Our student council teachers, Mrs. Siegel and Ms. Griffith, loved the idea. So did our amazing principal, Mrs. Schreiber. So we put the idea into action.
In three years, the cereal drive has grown from one school to seven incredible schools in Boca Raton. That’s because Boca students care a lot about helping others. The Kindness Matters 365 afterschool clubs were amazingly helpful too! The kindness of the students in their clubs helps the cereal drive be such a huge success. This year, our alliance collected over 2,700 boxes of cereal! Plus, General Mills donated an extra 2,500 boxes in honor of the drive! The cereal drive is proof that there is no better feeling than making a positive difference in somebody else’s life. We hope even more schools join the alliance next year.
Jett and Luke