The final Maplewood food pantry drive for 2016 is Tuesday Dec. 13. There are many Maplewood families who depend on their kids eating breakfast and lunch at school, and don’t necessarily have the budget for those extra meals over the break. We would love to make it a supersized collection, so please bring a donation at drop off or pick up!
Below is a list of the best foods to donate to the food pantry – please bring as what you can and/or $10 gift cards to HEB to school tomorrow.
- cans of tuna, chicken and beans
- jarred peanut and almond butter
- cans of mixed vegetables
- canned beef stew, canned vegetable soup (low sodium)
- jarred baby food, packages of baby cereal and cookies, and cannisters of formula
- condiments and spices (e.g. mayonnaise)
- cooking oil: canola and olive oil
- fruits packed in water or fruit juice rather than heavy syrup (canned or cups)
- whole grain pasta
- boxed whole grain rice
- boxes plain instant oatmeal
- shelf-stable milk
- snacks for kids (low sugar): snack bars, granola bars
The 2016 Mustang Olympics were held April 25 and 26, and Maplewood’s students had a blast celebrating Earth Day and enjoying a field day. Games included sprints, compost obstacle course, trash dash, save the animals long jump, lights out accuracy throw, and more, ending with a tug of war.The athletes had to read environmental information and then answer a question to participate. Parents brought granola bars and fruit to nourish the competitors, and many came out to cheer. It was a great spring day for outdoor sports!
Photos by Jennifer Potter-Miller
By Amanda Braziel
Maplewood loves our Earth! Student Council hosted an Earth Day pledge this morning and assisted with preK -2nd graders’ recycling efforts in the cafeteria today after making the rounds with Ms. Kirk this week to teach students how to sort their landfill/compost/recycling in the cafeteria “waste station” line. Safety Patrol raised an Earth flag on our pole and 5th graders toured the Resource Recovery/Recycling center. Ms. Leaman led students in making recycled paper beaded necklaces. Mr. Ellison is having an Eco-themed Mustang Olympics. Most classes garden, recycle, and learn how to be environmentally friendly. Some classes even compost and have vermiculture (worm farms)! We learned about landfills and recycling in the library this week. What a great place to be on Earth Day and every school day! Go, Mustangs!
The Maplewood Elementary School PTA will be launching their new website this spring. Check back soon to see what we are doing at our amazing neighborhood school!