The goal of Food Rescue is to save food that would have been dumped into landfills, and use it to feed our hungry friends and neighbors instead. Hamilton Heights has generously partnered with Food Rescue for several years. This means that the Hamilton Heights School Corporation is simultaneously preventing hunger AND harm to the the environment! I think, however, that we can take the entire process a step further.
Each Tuesday, I come into the High School around 30 minutes before school starts. I find the items that students have donated for Food Rescue, and I count them. When I count food, I enter them into the Food Rescue Organizations’s online tracking tool. This fantastic web tool then converts the amount of food items that Hamilton Heights High School has saved into pounds of C02e kept out of the environment, as well as how many items and meals we have rescued as a school overall.
Kids aren’t often motivated to do things like this. It’s hard to know that you are making important changes, especially when you can’t quite see the changes being made. That’s part of why the tool is so important! If we encourage youthful minds to help others and the environment, they will now have a direct and easy way to see just how many changes they are making! This would also track Hamilton Heights’ far-reaching impacts within our community. It would be incredibly beneficial to the Hamilton Heights School System to start seeking out clever and generous students that are willing to work as a team to impact the world positively. If we find these students, we can harvest more motivation, generosity, teamwork, and school spirit than ever before. These skills will be important throughout their entire school careers, but the lessons they learn will also benefit Hamilton Heights students for the rest of their lives.
The favor I would like to ask each of you today is that you begin to seek out the next generation of humanitarians for our community. Starting with one or two kids in the primary, elementary, and middle school, we need to locate willingly helpful students to come into the schools early each Tuesday to count and log the Food Rescue food, without troubling our amazing cafeteria staff. If any able students are located, I would greatly appreciate it if they could have my information provided to them. Thank you so much for giving me your time and consideration. The Impact Dashboard seen below is a product of the free online tracking tool. This is an example of Eastview Elementary in Fayette County in Indiana.
Indiana State Director of Student Leadership