Students in Smith Intermediate School’s Student Council have partnered with the Cortland Kiwanis Club to collect new and unopened jars of peanut butter and jelly they’ll donate to local food pantries.
With February break coming up, the group wanted to ensure pantries across Cortland County would be restocked since kids will not be able to get their breakfast and lunch at school.
Bree MacHenry and Adeline Morey are student council members and both agreed that they wanted to help out because they wanted to give back to their community.
“I know that some people are not fortunate enough to have food so I wanted to make sure they were provided for and their life would be a little easier, then they can be happier,” Morey said. “When I am helping other people that are in need, it makes me feel happy and like I am helping my neighbors and town.”
“I like doing projects in Student Council because it makes people happy and it makes me happy that we are helping other people,” MacHenry added. “I like doing something for the community we live in because I know that there are some people that are working hard and still having trouble buying food.”
According to Student Council advisor Melissa Holl, the goal is to have each classroom bring in around 15 jars of peanut butter and jelly, which would accumulate to 255 jars total.
She also said the student council hopes to come up with more ideas to encourage students to help others in the spring,
“The student council has a long history of service to others,” Holl said. “Now that we are learning about the Positivity Project, and #OtherPeopleMatter, peanut butter and jelly drive really blended in well with what the student council wanted to accomplish this year. The Kiwanis Club explained that February break is coming up and they wanted to restock their food pantries in Cortland County since kids will not be able to get their breakfast and lunch at school.”