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The Gift of Giving

Mrs. Pierce's 5th grade class at their field trip to the Rural Services building
      On December 4th, 2014, the 5th grade class took a field trip to Rural Services. With Ms. Scheftic, a SUNY Cortland student teacher, fifth graders started a new unit and novel in Mrs. Pierce’s ELA class, The Family Under the Bridge, and were exposed to the theme of homelessness and learned about people in the world who suffer from poverty. Rural Services was an opportunity for the students to see a place in their own community that reaches out to people in need. Fifth graders walked over with a canned food item in their hands to donate to the food pantry.
      During their trip there, the students got a tour of the food pantry, stocked full of canned foods and non-perishable food items. The students were excited to have the opportunity to see all that Rural Services has to offer. We learned about the Christmas Assistance program and the quilting room where people make quilts and blankets for others in need. Students took a walk through the Free Room full of clothes, boots, coats, hats, gloves, shirts, and pants all free for people in need of all ages. There were many other rooms that offered things for people in need such as school supplies, toys, and toiletries. After leaving, the students left thinking of their own ways that they can help in the community.
      One of the most important things that the students took from this experience was that anyone can help people. Everyone needs some sort of help and it is the support of the community that brings people together. Check out our pictures from the field trip and our paragraph writings outside of the Room 213!  
Submitted by: Mrs. Pierce