Idaho Food Bank Distribution

Idaho Food Bank Distribution
Food Bank

On February 1 the students and staff of the New Plymouth School District participated in an event in cooperation with the Idaho Food Bank.  This event was to assist the families of our community with the much needed resource of food.  This record breaking winter has created multiple financial hardships for everyone.  Increased heating costs, increased transportation costs and basic household maintenance hardships just to name a few.  

This food distribution activity was successful because of the efforts of several individuals and groups. One group that should be recognized is the dedicated faculty members of the New Plymouth Elementary School. These teachers work each day with our students to improve their lives and this was just another example of the kindness and love they truly have for their students.  Another group, I would like to highlight are the students of New Plymouth High School who were invited to participate in the event.  They were not being paid and it was not during school time.  Their participation was a product of their own motivation and initiative.   Jeannette Davidson-Mayer, event coordinator, stated “Not only did the students work hard they did so willingly.  We directed them to what we needed and they jumped instep like a fine tuned instrument.” 

This event did more than just provide food for our community.  At a time when people seem to be experiencing different stresses in their lives we pulled together to help each other.  We were able to not only nourish our neighbor but we were able to demonstrate our hometown values of pride in our community.  New Plymouth has a long and rich history of neighbor helping neighbor.  This is one of the attributes that makes this such a great place to live and raise our children.   

The school system in New Plymouth is successful on every level because of the support from parents, community members, dedicated teachers and hardworking students. The food distribution this week allowed for a teachable moment for our students.  It allowed them to have a lesson community service.  This lesson of giving back to a community that has supported them throughout their education will not be on a college entrance exam or on a state approved test.  However, this lesson may be one of the most important they will ever learn.
                                                                    Kevin Barker

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