“Keeping families close when it matters most” is a slogan of the Ronald McDonald House Charities that students at Dickerson Middle School have been supporting for the past three years.
Dickerson’s Pay It Forward Club recently sponsored the third annual Pop-Tab Drive for the Ronald McDonald House where lunch classes competed to see which class could bring in the most pop-tabs.
Ronald McDonald House Charities near Scottish Rite recycles the tabs and uses the money raised from the recycling to help pay for families to stay at the charity when their children are receiving medical care nearby.
In the end, the Dickerson students donated six large boxes filled with pop-tabs. Sixth grade Dickerson teacher Sunderland Williams estimated that each box contained 20,000 pop-tabs. That’s more than 100,000 pop-tabs in all! That’s a lot of drink cans, soup, vegetable, pet food, and tuna cans!
The pop-tab contest is one of several school-wide activities that the Dickerson school community does to support the Ronald McDonald House and to help families in need.
In May, Dickerson’s Pay It Forward Club members will sort travel-sized toiletry items and put together hygiene bags for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. The drive takes place during the month of April since many families travel over spring break, but many of Dickerson parents save items for the annual collection event when they travel for work throughout the year.
“This is an example of a way students can learn to serve the community without spending money,” explained Williams.