Arellanes students serve community

2012-12-22T00:05:00Z Arellanes students serve communityBy Lauren Foreman / Staff Writer / Santa Maria Times

Arellanes Junior High School students have participated in holiday charity projects to help end world hunger, gather food for a local food drive and create beanies for babies and adults with disabilities.

Students capped donations Dec. 14 for Heifer International, an organization seeking to end hunger. They raised more than $400 over about three weeks, said Sonya Morris, an Arellanes math teacher.

Morris said she hopes to teach her students the importance of giving.

“I teach math, but I’m also trying to create a group of kids that are givers and not takers,” she said.

Before Thanksgiving, Morris helped organize a food drive that netted 450 pounds of food for the Santa Barbara County FoodBank.

Her math students created more than 400 hand-made beanies that were delivered Dec. 13 to the maternity ward of Marian Medical Center.

“Anything that we can teach our youth now, hopefully they remember it,” Morris said.

Students will continue to make beanies, this time for children and adults with disabilities at the Vocational Training Center in February. Organizers are asking for yarn donations to be sent to Arellanes Junior High at 1890 Sandalwood Drive.

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