ROCKLAND — Students and staff at South School participated in a friendly competition during National Gratitude Month to donate non-perishable food items to the AIO Food and Energy Assistance Food Market. Grades worked together (kindergarten and the first through fifth grades) to collect a total of 585 pounds of food, with grades two and five collecting the most items.

Students were given a tour to learn about AIO after their donations were collected.

Just before Thanksgiving break, the fifth-grade Student Leadership Team carried bags and boxes filled with food on a walking field trip to deliver the donations to the AIO Food Market. Each student had the opportunity to help weigh what they had carried and tour the facility to learn about the services provided as well as what happens after items from a food drive are delivered.

We are so thankful that the kind folks (Rob, Gerry, Joe and more!) at the AIO Food Market gave our 5th graders a tour of the facility, helped us to weigh the food that we all collected, and showed us how South School helped people in our Knox County community,” said South School in a news release. “It was a wonderful effort by students and their families and staff members and a fun way to be reminded of all we are thankful for during Gratefulness Month and the coming season of giving.”