Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

December 12, 2013

Spoonfuls of holiday help for the hungry


The Andover Townsman

---- — Shannon Siviski’s fifth-grade class at High Plain Elementary School has raised $460 this season to help end hunger in Massachusetts through Project Bread’s annual Holiday Spoons Project fundraiser.

The Holiday Spoons Project encourages children of all ages — through schools, youth groups, neighborhoods and family gatherings — to get involved in both raising money and learning about the overall hunger crisis in America.

To raise money, children take ordinary wooden spoons and transform them into works of art, which they then sell, with the proceeds benefiting Project Bread.

Along the way, the children learn about hunger, including the basics that humans need to survive, who is affected by hunger, the importance of a healthy breakfast, how affording healthy food can be difficult for some, ways to help people who face hunger and more.

Siviski says in a release it was a great process watching her students “create the spoons, hearing what the students thought about the project and the motive behind it, listening to them `marketing’ the spoons at the school craft fair and, most of all, sharing a valuable lesson with the class and learning more about hunger together.”

Project Bread has been presenting the Holiday Spoons Project for nearly 20 years. Jordan’s Furniture has teamed with it on the initiative for the last 14, and matches up to $10,000 in donations.

The students now have a chance to win a free, private screening at a Jordan’s Furniture IMAX theater as a result of their spoon decorations. People have until Jan. 6 to vote online for their favorite group of spoons, with the winner earning the screening. For more information, visit www.projectbread.org, www.facebook.com/projectbread, or www.twitter.com/walkforhunger.