The kindergarten – grade 3 students in Stacey Jones' multi-disability class at Carson Elementary noticed that there are not many grocery stores nearby and wanted to do something about it. The students recognized a problem, discussed it in class and then took action by building an outdoor pantry with the assistance of Turner Construction.
Now the project is complete and the Little Pantry stands erect in front of the school so it is accessible to Carson families and nearby residents. Inside the blue and yellow structure are non-perishable foods, hygiene products and books. Donations, which can be dropped off at the school, will aid in the replenishing of items.
"It was a great opportunity for my students to be able to take a problem in their community and make a positive change. Our vision is for people to take what they need and give what they can," said Jones.
"The students' enthusiasm and commitment to a cause beyond themselves has been an inspiration. Turner is proud to partner with Carson School to both enhance the class' learning and provide critical necessities to the neighborhood," said Kristen Smitherman-Voltaire, community and citizenship manager, Turner Construction Company.