November ushers in a time of holidays and family gatherings. In Metro Schools, November and December months are also times of increased giving and caring, as many schools and school organizations collect clothing and food items for those who are in need of help, often with basic needs.
A recent donation drive was held at Glencliff Elementary School, with a "Socktober" collection that garnered nearly 1,400 pairs of socks for the Nashville Rescue Mission.
"We were inspired by a video from Kid President that asked students. “How can you make a difference in your community?” Classes from all grade levels donated socks and tracked how many socks were donated. Each class had a clothesline displayed outside their room and each time that class brought in a set of 10 socks they would get to put a sock on their clothesline," said Carmen Richard, the school's coordinator. "This allowed the students to monitor their socks by incorporating math skills such as interpreting visual representations of data and practice skip counting. The school as a whole monitored data by creating a giant bar graph. The graph also counted by tens and the students could monitor which grade had currently brought in the most socks."
From the UniCycle School Uniform Recycling program that collects and redistributes outgrown, gently used clothing to MNPS students who need them, to Harris-Hillman School's recent Second Harvest Food Drive collection, which donated more than 500 food items, our school communities care and they show it with action.
Want to get involved with something? Here's a list of school-related clothing and food drives that we heard about going on between now and the holiday break:
A.Z. Kelley Elementary School is collecting non-perishable food items for the Second Harvest Food Bank from Monday, November 16 to Friday, November 20. The contact is Jordan Jameson, who can be reached at email@example.com.
Cole Elementary is hosting a Uniform and Coat/Jacket Drive from Nov. 17 to Nov. 24 and Dec. 1 to Dec. 17 during school school hours. The school has already distributed more than 75 coats this school year - an increase from last year at this time. Special requests include winter coats for boys and girls (sizes XS-XL and 4T to 20). Contact is Joel Alex, family resource center director, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-333-5043.
The school is also collecting food items for Second Harvest Food Bank, requesting: canned goods, pasta, rice, bean, cereal and other non-perishable food items.
Cole Elementary is sponsoring a Giving Tree Program from Nov. 16 to Dec. 11. All services are provided for Cole students and their siblings as well as household relatives under the age of 12 (teens are also considered). Monetary donations are collected through Metropolitan Nashville Area Businesses, churches, Cole Elementary staff and other community donors. These contributions provide help for Cole families and neighborhood families during emergencies. Contact is Sarah Sulton, school counselor, who can be reached at email@example.com or 615-333-5043 ext. 1408.
Eakin Elementary School is sponsoring a toy drive between now and December. The annual Eakin Toy Store helps families in need, giving the benefit of coming to the school's auditorium and "shopping" for toys before holiday break. For more information, contact Janna Ramsey, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. The school recently had its "Eakin Gives Warmth" collection, collecting coats and detergent for families in need.
Pennington Elementary School is sponsoring a Kid-Friendly Food Drive between now and November 20, collecting food items to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank. Second Harvest has a special need for food items for its "littlest community members," like baby food, cereal, and formula, canned fruits and vegetables. Students will donating these items and will be collecting data during the drive to measure participation across the school. They will also have writing opportunities to discuss and reflect on participating in this service learning experience. For more information, contact School Counselor Norah Ryan at email@example.com.
H.G. Hill Middle Prep's
Ten Strings student group is sponsoring a Second Harvest Food Bank collection until Nov. 20. The contact is school counselor and Ten Strings faculty advisor Henry Harrington, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hunter's Lane High School
is sponsoring a Thanksgiving Food Drive for Families in partnership with Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville until Nov. 21. The school is collecting and distributing bags that contain enough food to provide a traditional holiday meal for Hunters Lane families (approximately 6-8 members in size) who are in need of assistance. Contact is Rhonda Bell, who can be reached at email@example.com
Hunter's Lane High School
is also sponsoring at Angel Tree, which will contain items on Hunter's Lane High School student wish lists such as clothing and other miscellaneous items for students in need of assistance. Students names are available for pick up on Nov. 20. Gifts are to be dropped off no later than Dec. 11. Gifts may be wrapped individually or in a large gift bag. Contact is Rhonda Bell, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hume-Fogg High School's Class of 2016
is sponsoring a clothing drive until November 30, collecting items to benefit the Center for Human Development at Room in the Inn. Items requested include: batteries, backpacks, books/magazines, bottled water, chapstick, lotion, cough drops, foot powder (travel size), gloves (adult size), hand warmers, hats (adult size), hooded sweatshirts (adult, sizes large to 4XL), men's white socks, playing cards, puzzle books, thermal underwear (sizes large to 4XL), toiletries (travel tooth brushes, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.) and T-shirts (adult sizes large to 4XL). Contact is Senior Class advisor Jennifer Sychareune, who can be reached at email@example.com
Hume-Fogg High School's Environmental Club
is sponsoring a coat drive of new and gently used coats between now and December 15. Contact is the club's faculty sponsor Rick Stanley, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
is having an Elf Express collection of non-perishable food items between Nov. 30 until Dec. 11 for families in the community who are in need of food. Contact person is Tiffany Curtis, email@example.com
Ross Early Learning Center
is sponsoring a Winter Clothing Drive until December 15, collecting coats, hats, gloves - items that are in high need and in short supply. The drive is being conducted by the Parent Advisory Council at the school and items will be distributed among the Pre-K students at Ross, Kirkpatrick and Warner. Contact is Traci Bryant, Family Involvement Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On December 15, Glengarry Elementary School
is partnering with the Nashville Fire Fighters Union for Operation Warm Coat, which will give every student at the school a winter coat. Contact is Principal Ricki Gibbs II, who can be reached at email@example.com
Cane Ridge Elementary School
is having a Second Harvest Food Drive during the month of December, collecting canned and boxed food. Contact is Jim Reed, James.firstname.lastname@example.org
is having a pajama drive through Scholastic. For every pajama set donated, Scholastic Books will match the donation with a book. Please send in donations of new pajamas from now until Dec. 11. Contact is Stanford PTO, which can be reached at email@example.com.