The NHS Student Aspirations Team empowers students to make important decisions to improve their school community and climate. Student voice truly takes off when teachers and students engage in meaningful dialogue about real and important issues, and then actively partner in leading the way forward together. When students see that their voices are being heard and influencing decisions, and they are invited to act as leaders in that process, a collaborative community of learners is formed. This inclusive and collaborative spirit can lead to extraordinary acts of kindness, compassion, and positive change.
At a recent monthly meeting, many members of the Student Aspirations Team expressed displeasure and concern about the amount of food wasted at lunch. “We saw how much food was getting wasted on a daily basis and thought it could be used for a much better purpose,” said Ifeany Nwanoro, member of the Student Aspirations Team.
With the help of a multitude of stakeholders, including Mrs. Morvatz, Mrs. Daniels, and Mrs. Coffman, a solution began to surface. After many conversations with administrators, janitors, and cafeteria staff, a proposal was presented to the Northmont Board of Education. Outlined in the proposal was the idea of creating a “Share Table” at lunch that would collect unopened packaged items that could be repurposed for students or athletes participating in after-school activities. The Board of Education was receptive to the idea and applauded the students for their efforts. Within days, the first Northmont Share Table was implemented. The two tables placed in the lunch rooms have collected an average of 2 lbs of packaged food daily that otherwise would have ended in a landfill. The food has been repurposed for coaches and advisors to share with their players prior to an event or practice. Leftovers at the end of the week are donated to the FISH pantry.
This has inspired parent Karen Wissing and the Northmont Community Table to create the Bolts Food Pantry for students who don't have enough food to eat over the weekend. The Bolts Food Pantry intends to begin distribution on Friday, May 3rd. Any student group or community member eager to support this cause can make cash donations to the Community Table or non-perishable food donations. Any questions can be directed to Sharee Coffman.