Fairview 1st graders top donors in cereal drive

Kristy Harris’s 1st-grade class at Fairview Elementary donated 80 boxes of cereal to the Kids Caring for Kids cereal drive, sponsored by Citizens Bank and Trust

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Cullman Caring for Kids Executive Director Javon Daniel was overjoyed to see the food pantry’s shelves packed with cereal. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – As a partner with Cullman Caring for Kids (CCK), The Cullman Tribune is proud to announce that the Kids Caring for Kids cereal drive, sponsored by Citizens Bank and Trust, has netted CCK’s community food bank 1,316 boxes of cereal to be distributed to area families in need.  The agency helps 600 to 650 families per month, and the donated cereal will keep kids eating breakfast for at least two months.

CCK Executive Director Javon Daniel told The Tribune, “It is absolutely amazing to watch how much the children of this community want to give.  I shouldn’t be surprised by it, but I am, every time, because they’re following the lead of this community, and this is such a giving community.  It still amazes me.

“I’ve lived in Cullman all my life, and I’ve watched this community, every time there’s a need, step up and go beyond; the kids that participated in this cereal drive, it just warms my heart to know that we are raising a generation that does care.”

The drive and contest were open to elementary schools across the county and city systems, as well as private schools.  To make things fair, classes were ranked, not on total numbers of boxes, but on the ratio of boxes given to the number of students in the class.

The big winners are the children of Cullman County…

…but the biggest donors to the drive also won pizza parties from Citizens Bank to honor their efforts:

  • 1st Place – Kristy Harris’s first-grade class at Fairview Elementary; 16 students donated 80 boxes
  • 2nd Place – Tracy Holmes’s fifth-grade class at Sacred Heart School; 20 students donated 70 boxes
  • 3rd Place – Brandy Fields’s first-grade class at Welti Elementary, 13 students with 37 boxes

Citizens Bank’s Josh Campbell, who coordinated the cereal drive, told The Tribune, “On behalf of Cullman Caring for Kids and Citizens Bank & Trust, I would like to thank the community for their participation in the Kids Caring for Kids cereal drive.  I hope the drive brought up some great teaching moments inside and outside of the classroom. This is a great opportunity for us to show the next generation the importance of taking care of others. As for the contest, there were so many classrooms that were so close to being in the Top 3 by ratio of boxes-to-students that I want to recognize a few of them for their hard work.”

Campbell noted:

  • Susan Kraft’s first-grade class at Sacred Heart School
  • Lisa Tidwell’s first- grade class at Fairview Elementary
  • Lea Casey’s fourth-grade class at East Elementary

Said Campbell, “What the students in Cullman County have done in one week of this drive will provide the hungry children in their community breakfast for almost the entire summer.  We are all so proud of them.”

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W.C. Mann