Zeb Vance Elementary School: Book reading leads to community service project
Students from Lucy Landen’s second-grade class at Zeb Vance Elementary School decided to conduct a community service in honor of the 100th day of school, Feb. 4.
Leading up to that date, the students were reading the book “Ready Freddy” (written by Abby Klein) with media coordinator/librarian Janette Johnson, MLS, during media classes. In emulation of the book’s main character, they took a vote to decide upon a service project to perform. A majority decided that they would collect canned goods and donate them to the Salvation Army.
In an effort to at least come close to 100 canned goods brought in by the students, each of the 21 students was asked to bring in four items. Letters were sent home with each student to their parents with the request.
Every week, Johnson and the students took a tally of the total collected. As of Feb. 4, the children had collected 43 cans. As some cans were turned in late, Johnson estimated the final count at around 50 cans.
On Feb. 5, Claude Kerley, one of Zeb Vance’s volunteers of the year and Vance County volunteer of the year, delivered the canned goods to the Salvation Army.