MOSES LAKE — The fifth-graders in Lory Benavidez’ class at Peninsula Elementary came armed with silly string. Lots of silly string.
The fifth-graders collected the highest number of cans, boxes and bags of non-perishable food for the Moses Lake Food Bank during Peninsula’s annual food drive. Principal Sydney Richins challenged the entire school to donate at least 1,000 cans, boxes or bags of food. The prize was the chance for students in one class to spray the principal with silly string, while the rest of the school watched.
The kids blew by Richins’ 1,000-can target, she said, donating more than 1,300 pieces of non-perishable food. Benavidez’ class brought in the most donations, so they got the string.
Mrs. Richins came dressed to be covered with silly string, and she was covered – in pink string, blue string, yellow string – from head to foot.
“Sometimes our students believe because they are children they have nothing to offer for charity,” Richins wrote. “We can change that belief by providing our students opportunities to give to others.”
Cheryl Schweizer can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.