VERNER ELEMENTARY GIVING BACK TO WEST ALABAMA
Reporting by WVUA 23’s Caroline Wood
Verner Elementary School is hosting ‘”Coins for Cans,” as part of Tuscaloosa City Schools’ Tuscaloosa Can Contest.
Each school designs a structure made out of canned food to compete in the contest. Fifth grade students at Verner Elementary designed structures made entirely of canned food. These designs were then voted on by other students to decide which design they would build.
Monetary donations made to Verner Elementary are being used to purchase cans in bulk. These cans have to be a certain color and size to be used in the design. This year’s pizza design was created by fifth grader Sophie Suhr. She said she wants others to donate to help the less fortunate.
“What I want is like for people to know that people that are poor have a really, really hard life like that,” Suhr said. “So, it’s always nice if you see someone poor maybe donate a little bit of extra money so they can buy food, so they can survive.”
Kathy Perkins, the gifted specialist for Verner, said this contest is a great way for students to use their artistic abilities while still giving back.
“The kids have an opportunity to use their creativity,” Perkins said. “But because they are building from nutritious food cans, it’s also a great opportunity to collect food for the West Alabama Food Bank.”
See the flyer below for all the details.