Supporting families in need
Posted on: Feb 8, 2018
During mid-January fourth-graders at Delano Elementary participated in a food drive and fundraiser to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. In just four days the students raised close to $500 in cash and gift card donations, and also brought in numerous food items from the Ronald McDonald House Wish List.
It was the first year the grade-wide service project has supported the charity.
“We chose to do this because so many of our staff and students have been personally touched by the services provided by the Ronald McDonald House,” said fourth-grade teacher Andy Brown.
Ronald McDonald Houses provide a place for families to stay near a child that has been hospitalized for little or no cost, and also can provide additional services like home-cooked meals.
Brown said each grade level at DES chooses a service project during the school year to “give back to the community and help to instill civic-mindedness, compassion, empathy and commitment to serving others” in students.
“The Ronald McDonald House is just a wonderful organization that picks everyday people up when they hit hard times,” said Brown. “Most of the families they serve are arguably going through one of the most difficult times they will ever face as their children take on a health problem. The Ronald McDonald House allows families to stay together, support their children and focus on what matters most.”
Brown said the contributions from the Delano community will make a significant difference as they are put to use for the good of others.
“A huge thank you to all the students and families who participated,” he said. “Your generosity will go directly to helping another family take care of their child when they need it most!”