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5th and 6th Grade Service Day

On Nov. 13, the fifth and sixth grades participated in seven service projects throughout Athens. Riley Harding, a sixth grader, shares her thoughts on Service Day and describes the volunteer work she did at the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.

On fifth and sixth grade Service Day, fifth graders paint bowls for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia’s Empty Bowl fundraiser. (Seventh and eighth grade Service Day took place the following week.) Photo by Kelley Cuneo.

I love Service Day. It is a day where we get to spend time out in the community helping others, and we also get to spend time with people from school we might not know very well. This year I went to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia and had a great time. I helped paint bowls for the Food Bank’s upcoming Empty Bowl lunch. This is a fundraiser where people pay to eat lunch at the Classic Center, and they leave the event with an empty hand-painted bowl. Other students helped sort food into bins, and the food will go to people in need. The Food Bank is a great place to volunteer because you realize how lucky some of us are to have food on our tables for three meals a day.