CATA hosting cereal drive to support Cullman Caring for Kids

The Cullman Area Technology Academy is currently hosting a cereal food drive that runs through March 19. All cereal can be dropped off at CATA between 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Cullman Area Technology Academy)

CULLMAN, Ala. – In anticipation of spring break, the Cullman Area Technology Academy (CATA) is uniting students and the Cullman community to support a greater need. CATA is currently hosting a Spring Break Cereal Food Drive that will run through March 19, aimed at collecting boxes of cereal for Cullman Caring for Kids.

Cullman County’s career technical education (CTE) students are not only sharpening their skills through hands-on activities, but are also learning the value of community service. Each of the 15 programs at CATA encourages students to participate in career technical student organizations (CTSOs), which collaborate with community partners on service projects. Following last year’s successful canned food collection, the academy’s instructors chose to focus this year’s efforts on gathering cereal donations to support Cullman Caring for Kids ahead of spring break – a time when the absence of school-provided meals can significantly impact food security for many families.

CATA Principal and CTE Director, Dr. Susan Patrick, emphasized the practicality and appeal of the chosen donation, stating, “Cereal is a good option for young children because it doesn’t require cooking, and they love it!”

While the initiative began as a student-led service project, CATA welcomes any contributions from the broader community. Those interested in supporting the cause can drop off cereal boxes at CATA, located at 17640 U.S. Highway 31 N, Cullman, AL 35058, between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays.

Patrick, sharing her thoughts on the initiative, stated, “I love that community service is such a huge part of our CTE programs. The importance of giving to those in need is one of the best lessons our students can learn.” This sentiment underscores the drive’s dual purpose: to aid those kids in need and to instill a love for community service in CATA students.

For more information about the Spring Break Cereal Food Drive, contact Susan Patrick or Sara Kirkpatrick at CATA by calling 256-734-7740.

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