Saltus Students Support TEDS Initiative

June 26, 2017

Saltus students from S7 through S9 avidly turned the pages of their books in an effort to collect non-perishable food items for The Eliza DoLittle Society’s [TEDS] Food Bank.

A spokesperson said, “During the month of May, Saltus students from S7 through S9 participated in The Eliza DoLittle Society’s [TEDS] “Read to Feed” initiative, collecting a significant amount of non-perishable food for their food bank in Warwick.

“At the end of the month-long “Read to Feed” campaign, the collection tubs were overflowing with an array of goods and students collected an equivalent of 1,450 meals in a month.

“As part of the “Read to Feed” initiative, the Saltus students decided that they wanted to put their own special mark on the programme by hosting a media design competition to help promote the program. Saltus S7 students were tasked with designing a logo, posters and a banner encouraging sponsors to donate a non-perishable food item for every book they read during the month of May.

“Winning entries were designed by Austin Dowling [logo], Honor Minors [web banner] and Mia Barker [poster], all of which were displayed on The Eliza DoLittle Society’s [TEDS] Facebook page throughout May.”

Saltus Collection Bermuda June 2017

“Winners of the media competition, along with a few of their fellow classmates, were given the opportunity to visit TEDS Food Bank, and spent the morning preparing fresh vegetables, checking expiration dates, sorting food and helped pack groceries for clients.”

Executive Director of The Eliza DoLittle Society, Jennifer Mahoney, said, “The hands-on experience gained by the students truly helped them to appreciate how vital these supplies are to some of those in our community and how difficult it can sometimes be to meet the demand that currently exists.

“They are now able to understand the importance of food drives and how food wastage can be avoided.”

“Students earned a grub day for their efforts and those that collected the most food will help out at the TEDS Food Bank at end of June; while others will have that opportunity during the next academic year.”

Jon Beard, Deputy Head and Director of Advancement at Saltus Grammar School, said that an integral part of the school’s mission is indeed to provide “service to others”

“This is perhaps the mission of the Bermuda community. We encourage our students to help those less fortunate than themselves, and are constantly impressed by the manner in which they respond,” he added.

“The efforts, enthusiasm and willingness to help others exhibited by the Saltus students has been extraordinary and I’d like to extend my sincere thanks,” said Ms. Mahoney.

“The Eliza DoLittle Society is a registered charity [#567] established in 2002, to meet the needs of those who were food insecure. They believe in a Bermuda where no person should have to go hungry and attempt to reduce hunger in various ways.

“The organization sponsors feeding centres by providing them with food, runs a food pantry and facilitates a food voucher programme for seniors.”

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