Another successful “Kids 4 Kids” food and clothing drive was had this past fall as donations for the annual schoolwide service learning project concluded in November. Under the direction of Academy Service Department chair Christy Bening and PACA service leader Kimberly Allison, as well as Service Board president Abby Yakam and vice president Alisha Mohsin, our community came together across all three divisions to lend a helping hand to accommodate sponsored families with winter clothing and food.

Our lower-schoolers made trips to Meijer to purchase toiletries and non-perishable food items while the middle-schoolers helped Dorothy Dell sort and then shop for the families using a pantry-like display in the Barton Room lobby. The upper school advisories also brought in non-perishable food items throughout the drive, which began on Halloween night as several students went out “Begging for Cans” throughout their various neighborhoods. Our upper-schoolers then teamed up with the Ohio Junior Classical League executive board for a clothing and toys store with the donations for the sponsored families to shop before capping off the event with deliveries of food to the Childhood League and Gahanna Residents in Need.