Nourishing Young Minds

Tarah Bourke - Monday, May 16, 2016

For 16 years, I have had the privilege of working with kindergarten students every day!  Since I was a child, I dreamed of becoming a teacher and now, I get to help my students’ dream of what they want to be when they grow up. Kindergartners have growing, young minds and are eager to learn, help and grow.  If you ask any one of my kindergarten students, they all want to help people when they grow up.  Their aspirations are to be teachers, doctors, nurses and even help people with Kids' Food Basket.  

We were fortunate to be able to take a trip with our second grade buddies to Kids' Food Basket in our community [Holland].  After that experience, several students said, “I want to do this when I grow up.” Kids' Food Basket has helped not only my students have the proper nutrition when they go home, but also to help them see how it helps not only them, but other kids in our community.  

Kids' Food Basket has become a vital part of our entire school.  Our students at Woodside Elementary are nourished and fed even when they aren’t in our care.  This is so important to help our students be successful not only in school, but to be college, career and life ready.  Our students can start the day focused on learning instead of hunger.  When they are nourished and not having to worry about being fed, they are better able to focus on what they are learning which builds a positive foundation for the rest of their lives.  


Help ensure our local kids receive proper nutrition so they can do well in school, and in life. Donate online May 16-23 and have your gift matched, dollar for dollar, by a group of generous Kids' Food Basket donors, doubling your positive impact! 

Nourish a dream today!

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