by Lisa Tome
Food for thought.
The students at Calvert Elementary collected plenty of it during the school's second annual Turkey Trot.
But the more than 1,100 cans of corn and peas, boxes of cereal, and jars of baby food served more purposes than just the obvious.
Before the food was donated to Calvert families and the Cecil County Help Center, it was used for lessons in the school. During "special" classes (art, music, integrated arts, phys. ed.) students sorted the foods. That was done as part of teaching children about food groups and nutrition. They also learned how to fill a Thanksgiving plate to balance all the food groups.
They also had story time and learned a dance, using skills they learned in language arts and integrated arts class.
That all came after the turkey trot which gives children a chance to exercise for a good cause. As "admission" to running laps, children were asked to donate food. Last year, the school collected about 500 items. This year, that number more than doubled.
Physical education teacher Megan Wiecek coordinated the event.
"This community just gets very much into giving back," said Wiecek. "I went to school here and I love it here."
In the past two school years, due to redistricting, the school has grown by nearly 200 students. Wiecek said that hasn't changed the caring and sharing mentality. "A huge thing at Calvert is taking care of the community," said Wiecek.
Dallas Taylor helped sort the food and described his turkey trot experience. "I was tired," said Taylor.