Spring Valley City Administrator and Spring Valley Area Food Shelf board member Deb Zimmer poses with Kingsland students Kayla Arndorfer, left, and Kayla Burch as they dropped off the cereal donations at the food shelf recently. (Submitted photo)
Spring Valley City Administrator and Spring Valley Area Food Shelf board member Deb Zimmer poses with Kingsland students Kayla Arndorfer, left, and Kayla Burch as they dropped off the cereal donations at the food shelf recently. (Submitted photo)
A recent community service project in the Kingsland School District helped to provide a nutritious breakfast to area residents.

Kingsland School Parents (KSP) sponsored a cereal drive, "The Great Cereal Search" March 5 to 9 at both the elementary and middle schools.

KSP member Sarah Reiland said the challenge was for elementary and middle school students, including staff, to collect 150 boxes of cereal. Since they reached this goal, students wore pajamas to school on March 16.

"In talking with some of the elementary teachers, they mentioned that the students were quite motivated by this prize and kept close tabs on if they would reach the goal," noted Reiland.

The clothing of the school day on March 16 ranged from flannels to fleece footie pajamas. Reiland stated, "They far exceeded the goal and collected 213 boxes of cereal. It was quite a pile of cereal when we took it to the Spring Valley Area Food Shelf."

KSP decided to collect cereal because it is a food in short supply at the food shelf and is something most children like. Reiland added, "We took this on as a project to encourage students to think about others in their community and to help ensure that students have adequate nutrition in order to learn."

The "search" in "The Great Cereal Search" was a wordy one. As part of the food drive, students were asked to complete a word find of different cereals. The names of one elementary student and one middle school student who had completed the puzzle were then drawn. Those two students, Kayla Arndorfer and Kayla Burch, were then invited to help collect the donations at school and help deliver them to the food shelf.

Reiland added, "It was fun to see the students so excited about a worthy cause and also how they worked together for a common goal."

She said she is appreciative of the school and staff and the students and families for being supportive of the project.

Reiland concluded, "KSP's goal is to support Kingsland schools and students. Students need support in classrooms but also in other areas of life. Projects such as this promote supporting students outside the classroom, which in turn helps them in the classroom.

"Projects such as this also expand learning outside the classroom - students learn that they are part of a community and what they can do to support that community."