Kingsland Middle School students Jasmin Atwood, left, and Lauren Buchholtz in front, along with, from left in back, Jacob Welch, Christian Millette and Wilson Kieya show the food that students collected for St. John’s Lutheran Church Food Shelf.
Kingsland Middle School students Jasmin Atwood, left, and Lauren Buchholtz in front, along with, from left in back, Jacob Welch, Christian Millette and Wilson Kieya show the food that students collected for St. John’s Lutheran Church Food Shelf.
Food, glorious, compassionate middle school food!

"The kids at the middle school collected 741 pounds of food, or 814 items," said Kingsland Middle School teacher Paul Eckheart, "and it was a fundraiser for the St. Johns Food Shelf in Wykoff, put on by the Knights of the Round Table, which is comprised of a group of students in all grades to bring compassion and caring to our school and community."

Students in grades four through six at Kingsland Middle School held a food drive for two weeks last month to show their compassion for the community in which they go to school, and competed between classes to earn a special luncheon for the class that brought the most food. Eckheart related, "The classroom competition ended with a tie between the winners, who will receive the luncheon. We want to especially recognize Jasmin Atwood, who brought 121 items in on her own...she brought lots in every day, and we want to thank her mom and the other parents who helped their kids bring in donations."

As St. Johns Food Shelf workers arrived at the school to pick up the collected eats on Thursday, March 28, students had the opportunity to see their generosity in the stacks - Eckheart noted that the Kingsland Middle School library "looked like a grocery store" after all the donations were gathered in one corner...offering Hamburger Helper, canned peas, macaroni and cheese, fruit cocktail, cereal of all different colors, shapes and flavors, noodles, noodles and more noodles, fruit snacks and more tasty things. The students were proud to stand for classroom pictures with the collection, and Eckheart commended them for doing such a great job of being generous and recognizing the very real need of the unnamed hungry people in their neighborhoods.

Kingsland Elementary and Middle School Principal Chris Priebe expressed his appreciation for the Knights of the Round Table's efforts and the efforts of students and their parents in making the food drive an event to remember. "Middle school students and their families did a wonderful job of demonstrating generosity and compassion through their selfless gifts of nonperishable food items for the food shelf. The food drive also gave us a unique opportunity to work alongside with St. Johns Lutheran School. It is important for students to understand that regardless of the school they attend, we are one community of people who essentially want the same things. I am proud of our Knights of the Round Table group and their advisor, Mr. Eckheart, for organizing the food drive, along with our grades four through six students and their families who emptied their pantries for a good cause close to home."