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Baby Food Collection

November 4, 2020 | Bridget O'Dowd

A few weeks ago, the kindergarten class began collecting baby food. The service project was introduced by sharing with the students about the needs of the community, the role that the food pantry plays in serving the community, and what it means to give generously. We were delighted to see the children take an immediate interest. Our collection continues to grow everyday. We are pleased to hear of all the jobs and chores children are doing to earn baby food jars.

Counting baby food jars has been a great way to learn our base ten system. Each day that we count baby food we document our count on the white board by hundreds, tens, and extras.

During work periods the children were given the option of counting the daily baby food collection. After work periods we double check our count as a class and documented our findings on the board.

As of today, we have collected 533 jars!

As our collection grows, we place crates of 100 on the shelf in the hallway.  We proudly display our crates of 100 for other classes to see!

We are thankful for the generosity of the Mustard Seed community and the opportunity to share the joy of serving with the kindergarten class. Please help us as we strive to reach our goal of collecting 1,000 jars!

Bridget O'Dowd

Ms. O’Dowd came to Mustard Seed in 2017, after moving to Hoboken in 2016. She found a school and a community all in one package at Mustard Seed! Having taught kindergarten in Illinois before moving to New Jersey, Ms. O’Dowd has a passion for five-year-olds. She’s delighted to be a part of the kindergarten team and loves to read and share in story with students. Her favorite moment of the day is during a good read aloud, when she looks out and sees the faces of children showing empathy and emotion in response to the story. Ms. O’Dowd’s hobbies include exploring new neighborhoods, watching BBC documentaries, traveling to visit family, and eating her way through New York City.

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