With the holidays right around the corner, Scots are reminded of what it means to be thankful. For many, being thankful means valuing the life and opportunities they have been given. For Scots, being thankful also means taking action in the community to pay such opportunities forward. Scots in grades JK-12 do this with the Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.
This month, Saint Andrew’s School will support non-profit efforts in Palm Beach County by donating items to non-profit organizations to ensure that those in need are able to enjoy the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday in a traditional and comfortable way. Ongoing efforts across all three divisions of the Scots community began on Monday, November 5, and will run until Tuesday, November 13.
As an independent school in the Episcopal tradition and as an International Baccalaureate and Round Square member school, the Saint Andrew’s community is committed to a culture of service.
“For what has become a yearly tradition for the Scots community, students and faculty members plan to collect food articles in support of local non-profits,” said Jason Glick, Director of Student Life and Experiential Education. “These organizations maintain long-standing relationships with our institution, and previous collections have only strengthened our resolve to do our part for them in the name of service during this holiday season.”
Even the youngest of Scots will be participating in this month’s efforts, as the Lower School prepares Thanksgiving baskets for those in need. All students and families in the Lower School have been encouraged to participate in this year’s collection by filling baskets with items such as canned vegetables and fruits, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, and canned pie filling. A full list of items for the Lower School basket donations also includes an offer of a class prize to any class who contributes the largest number of baskets. In the Middle School, students have been tasked with not only donating food items for the Thanksgiving holiday, but also with donating baby supplies, such as disposable diapers, for families in need. The full list of items for the Middle School food drive includes canned mushroom soup, canned green beans, instant mashed potatoes, and more. The efforts from this year’s Middle School collection will be donated to a neighboring organization, the Boynton Beach Soup Kitchen, in the hopes of enriching the Thanksgiving experience for families in need of support.
In previous years, the Middle School basket collection has often exceeded two baskets per advisory, thanks to the generosity of students and families. However, some students have been so inspired to make a difference in the community that they have built an entire basket on their own. Due to this, the Middle School is inviting students and families to extend this spirit of kindness and join a challenge to raise the level of participation beyond two baskets per advisory. With this challenge in place, the Middle School will be accepting donations through Friday, November 16.
In the Upper School, older Scots will uphold the SA culture of service by collecting items to support two local organizations, Boca Helping Hands and the Youth Activity Center. The students will fill boxes with traditional Thanksgiving items, such as canned yams, ready-made pie crust, and canned pie filling. The full list of items for the Upper School food drive also suggests that boxes can be augmented with Publix gift cards, for the purchase of a Turkey, or personalized Thanksgiving cards for the those receiving the donations.
“The continued success of our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive is a testament to the altruistic nature of our entire school community and our collective commitment to supporting the less fortunate,” stated Mr. Glick. “The leadership and generosity anticipated from all participants are sure to provide warmth, whimsy, and relief for those in need this holiday season.”
This is the Scots way: to see the bigger picture and treat every person with kindness, honor, integrity, and respect. A thoughtful and meaningful way of being, this state of mind, body, and spirit is at the core of Scots service this November as they embark on the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.