Monica Alicea’s 4th grade class of gifted students gave new meaning to the term “hands-on learning.” The group headed out to learn how Alive Ministries stocks and organizes its food pantry donations.
The students are planning a fundraising luncheon event to raise awareness of, and supplies for, Alive Ministries. Calling themselves “Kids Kitchen Café,” the students are planning and overseeing every aspect of the event called “Serving for a Cause.” The group recently went to Alive Ministries to learn first-hand what supplies are most needed and how the charitable organization is run. The students will be helping to stock the food bank with donated supplies by those attending the luncheon, to be held on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Cheatham Hill Elementary.
The lunch will feature an Italian theme: antipasti, ziti, meatballs and tiramisu cupcakes are all on the menu.
In addition to time spent volunteering and learning on-site at Alive Ministries, students also studied and trained with Loren Martin, local restaurateur, to understand the business of running her restaurant, West Cobb Diner. Teacher Dr. Alicea says the idea first came to the students when they learned of a Cobb County service learning campaign brought to their attention by their school social worker, Lara Fain. Dr. Alicea says the students are excited to give back to their community and love the idea of doing it through service learning.