Kindergarteners organize food drive to help ministry

Paul Clark

Last month, students in Chris Lengel’s Black Mountain Primary kindergarten class organized a food drive at the school to benefit people served by Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry.

Throughout February, the 16 children in Lengel’s class encouraged other students, as well as school staff, to contribute nonperishable food to help feed low-income residents of the Swannanoa Valley. The kids called it the “Share the Love” food drive.

They had a goal of collecting 750 items but ended up with 833 items, said Jen Marsh, the mother of a student in Lengel’s class who organized the project. “It was an impressive month,” she said as the kids got ready to carry the items acrossNorth Ridgeway Avenue to the ministry.

The kids throughout the school loved the campaign, Marsh said. “They rose to the occasion,” she said.