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November 7, 2017 > Building community, one can at a time

Building community, one can at a time

Submitted By Kara Szamborski

While gearing up for trick-or-treating on Halloween this year, students at the private BASIS Independent Fremont school were also giving back. From October 16 to 31, students at the pre-K through 6th grade school contributed over 4,100 items of non-perishable food to the Tri-City Food Bank in Fremont. Run by the Tri-City Volunteers organization, the Food Bank feeds 6,000 families in Alameda County a month; donations are always welcome.

At BASIS Independent Fremont, barrels for each class were set up in the school cafeteria. As the class who contributed the most items would win a pizza party, there was some competition between grades, but the greatest focus was on helping those who needed it most. Many students took the lesson to heart, including one fourth grade student, Terry. Terry had a birthday during the schoolÕs food drive, and on his birthday party invitations, he asked that guests bring food donations instead of presents. ÒEveryone brought cans but also I got Pokémon cards,Ó he said. Terry was able to add a full car trunkÕs worth of food to his class contribution barrel.

Food was tallied and winners announced on November 1. The fourth grade class contributed the most food with 822 items and will be enjoying a class pizza party for their efforts. Every item mattered, and every class helped the school achieve the grand total of 4,100, three times the amount of donations the school submitted last year.

Dr. Derek Cavilla, Director of Student Affairs at BASIS Independent Fremont, organized OctoberÕs food drive. ÒSince BASIS Independent Fremont is only in its second year and the community has been so supportive and welcoming to us, I wanted to choose a charity that had impact in the local area,Ó he says. ÒSince Tri-City is the largest food bank in the area, it seemed appropriate to have the kids give back to their own community while learning that there are people in the community that need extra help and support.Ó

As it continues to grow, BASIS Independent Fremont is focusing on building community within the school and between the school and the surrounding community. Part of the prestigious BASIS Independent national network of schools, BASIS Independent Fremont focuses on STEAM learning where students are encouraged to have growth mindset and be adaptive and curious to meet the demands of an ever-changing modern world.

BASIS Independent Fremont
3300 Kearney St., Fremont
(510) 573-3435

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