K-12 EDUCATION

Students learn service through cereal drive benefitting another school

Dec 12, 2023, 11:01 AM

Student gathers cereal...

Students at Oak Leaf Elementary collected over 500 boxes of cereal for students at another school. (Eric Cabrera)

(Eric Cabrera)

HERRIMAN, Utah — Oak Leaf Elementary in Herriman recently hosted a cereal drive. Their goal was to collect 500 boxes of cereal for a neighboring school in need. According to PTA member Rebecca Christiansen, that goal was smashed.

“We have 527 students and we collected 521 boxes,” she said.

Student volunteers from different grades came together on Monday morning to load the cereal onto wooden pallets for delivery. The school in need wanted to remain anonymous, however, it is within the Jordan School District.

Bayleigh Vigil, a sixth grader at Oak Leaf Elementary shared how donating the cereal and her time felt. 

“It makes me feel happy and really grateful because we’re making a change in the world,” said Vigil. 

Making a difference through a cereal drive

According to a press release, the school on the receiving end of the cereal drive has a tradition of sending each child home with a box of cereal over the holiday break. Last year, however, their donor fell through. That is when Oak Leaf stepped in. 

In the release, the principal of that school said it is a gift that will warm the hearts of her students and make sure they have breakfast over the holiday break.

Christiansen helped organize the cereal drive. She said they’ve been trying to find ways to make Oak Leaf a family-oriented school while encouraging their kids to give service to others. 

This was the second year in a row Oak Leaf’s students and families held the cereal drive. 

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