Buncombe County students thank community helpers with food
Students at one mountain school are participating in the Classroom Champions program. Through the program, top athletes inspire kids to recognize their potential -- set goals and dream big.
In one Johnston Elementary classroom, it was Cooking 101 as the students thanked community helpers.
Students in Terrie Downing's fourth-grade classroom prepared a meal for local firefighters. The lunch included baked spaghetti and a big salad.
Athlete mentors, like Olympians Meryl Davis and Charlie White, sent videos to the students, challenging the class to come up with ways to help the school community, the classroom community and the local community.
"And the kids brain stormed, and this is what they came up with," Downing said. "To not only collect stuffed animals for the fire department to help our community to be a better place but also to say thank you to those community helpers by fixing them a really good lunch."
The kids even used teamwork to prepare brownies for the firefighters' dessert. And they stuffed handmade Santas with candy treats.
"Working together is like if we were like family and we were in this important project," fourth-grader Abby said.
" I learned that teamwork is important and that you should help your community to be a better place and there's a lot of things that can help you in life as well," fourth-grader Jeffery said.
This is the first year for the Classroom Champions program and downing said, so far, it's been a huge success. She said the students are brain storming to come up with a community project for Valentine's Day and Easter.