Cornerstones Thanksgiving Box Drive had more help than ever

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Cornerstones Thanksgiving Box Drive had more help than ever

By Noah Ashenafi, Media Editor

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The Cornerstones Thanksgiving Food Drive is an annual service event that our upper school has been taking part in for many years now. Cornerstones is a Northern Virginia-based non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing year-round services to those in need like housing, childcare, and even counseling. Their Thanksgiving Food Drive is just one of their seasonal food drives where food boxes are created for qualified families who are facing financial challenges.

School-wide participation is a big part of the Cornerstones drive, and the contribution from the advisories and faculty made the drive a big success. During the week prior to Thanksgiving, 48 advisories from our upper school were given the option to choose one of two service projects: the Cornerstones Thanksgiving Food Drive or another event sponsored by the D.C. non-profit So Others Might Eat. An outstanding 40 out of the 48 advisories chose to donate to Cornerstones. This is four more advisories than last year, but what is even more impressive is that 30 advisories chose to do both!

In addition, faculty and administrators choose to participate. Every year, Debbie Ayers, Assistant Director of the Upper School and Upper School Academic Dean, makes her own box. Emily Sanderson, Director of Studies, and her assistant, Julie Young, made a box as well!

Linda Okoth, Art Teacher and Upper School and All-School Community Service Coordinator, loves the involvement from the entire community, stating, “it’s really nice that people from all over the school participated.”

The food drive would not be possible without many hard-working volunteers. The Junior Optimist Club, which is led by senior Claudia Wood, was largely responsible for organizing the boxes after all of the advisories brought in their canned vegetables, flour, mashed potatoes, etc. The Junior Optimist Club went through all 42 boxes and checked to make sure all of the products were there. Their participation and hard work made the inventory process run smoothly.

Ms. Okoth values service events like Cornerstones because it encourages the Flint Hill community to help others in the surrounding areas.

Ms. Okoth also says that “[community service] also helps us understand ourselves better.” These seasonal food drives are an opportunity to think about more than just giving, but to also think about the needs of the people we are trying to help.

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