FHS, Hy-Vee ‘on a roll’ for Lord’s CupboardFairfield High School students collect 1,241 rolls of toilet paper to donate.
Fairfield High School recently partnered with Fairfield Hy-Vee Food and Drug Store for “FHS and Hy-Vee are on a Roll,” a project implemented by FHS Renaissance Program coordinator Staci Wright to gather toilet paper to donate to The Lord’s Cupboard.
Wright said the idea came from Bob Espy, son of Chuck and Jan Espy of Fairfield. He suggested the idea after seeing a post on Wright’s Facebook page for Caring Through Clothing last fall. Caring Through Clothing is a new annual community clothing drive and distribution held the day after Thanksgiving.
“Bob told me about the project and then he said ‘I challenge you,’” Wright said. “Once it was a challenge, I had to do it. I’m not one to back down from a challenge.”
Wright brought the idea to FHS principal Aaron Becker and associate principal Brian Stone, and the team, along with FHS counselor Jhonna Wallerich and school nurse Mary Hill, worked together with Todd Guffey and other associates at Hy-Vee to coordinate the event. Hy-Vee officials agreed to match the amount of toilet paper gathered by the school to donate alongside with FHS to The Lord’s Cupboard.
Laura Cohen, director at The Lord’s Cupboard, said paper products are in great demand at local food banks.
Participating teachers at FHS, Michele Crandall, Sharon Flinspach, Heidi Grunwald, Sue Hansen, Andrew Hopper, Ann Johnston, Elizabeth Knight, David Kraemer, Scott Slechta, Betsie Wotherspoon and Wright, set up donation boxes in their rooms and offered students extra credit for donating toilet paper. The amount of extra credit awarded varied with each teacher. The toilet paper was collected for the month of April.
Wright said there are critics of projects like this and of programs like the FHS Renaissance Program for rewarding students for doing what they should do.
“As teachers, I think it is important that we teach our students how to serve. If that means we give them a few points of extra credit, so be it. I’m OK with that. I don’t look at it as selling extra credit. I look at it as investing in future servants. If you take a broad look at the lives of successful adults, you will find very, very few whose lives do not, in great part, center around service and stewardship. If the primary function of our school system is to ultimately produce successful adults, how do we expect to do that without teaching kids how to serve?”
Wright, along with Stone and Hy-Vee associate Walter Daniel, delivered the toilet paper May 1 to The Lord’s Cupboard. FHS students collected 1,241 rolls of toilet paper, and Hy-Vee matched.