Students at Riverside Elementary School in Constantine created structures out of juice boxes and cans of food in the gym on Friday (December 7). Items were collected for several weeks for a competition between classes.
Guidance counselor Steffany Predosa said after the contest the juice boxes would go to the Friday Backpack Program, and everything else would go to the Constantine Food Bank. Predosa said this was the second year for the event. “Because it was so competitive last year, we allow more props, but have more rules,” she said. “Every student is involved whether he donates a canned item or not.” She added it is a lesson about the value of community service, and the needs of others. ”It’s a good kick off to the holiday season.” Several teachers said it was a good team building exercise.
Students built two castles, two Christmas trees including a ”Giving Tree,” Batman, and a Falcon. The winning design was a castle with ‘Saran Wrap’ water, dragons and a small village. It was done by students in Tammy Forfinski, Beth Klebba and Donita Wheeler’s classes. The prize is a trophy made of empty cans, and an extra recess with cookies.
Source: Story and photos contributed by Angie Birdsall.