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SES Students Cultivate Creativity at Harvest of Love “Canstruction” Event

Students from Stetson Elementary School participated in the Harvest of Love kickoff and “canstruction” event Nov. 1 at the Care and Share Food Bank Distribution Center. Harvest of Love is Care and Share’s biggest food drive of the year that draws support from schools across the Pikes Peak Region.

Student shows off her team’s structure at the “canstruction” event at Care and Share Food Bank, Nov. 1.


At the canstruction event, students from schools across the area were placed on teams together. Each team included two elementary, two middle and two high school students. Their task was to construct a unique structure with canned and other nonperishable food items. The winning structure of a football stadium was built by a team that included two students from Stetson Elementary. To celebrate the achievement, each school on the winning team received a $100 check from Security Service Federal Credit Union.


“Stetson Elementary has been at this event every year since it started,” shared Stephanie Jannicola, SES counselor. Only the top participating Harvest of Love schools from previous years are invited to participate in the canstruction event. “The kids love it, and it’s important for them to help those who are less fortunate.”


The canstruction activity marks the beginning of the Harvest of Love food drive that will continue until Thanksgiving break. At SES, their goal is to collect nearly 30,000 pounds of food, which would be an increase from the almost 26,000 pounds they harvested last year.


To encourage all SES students to bring food donations to school, Jannicola and her students will promote special days where kids will have the opportunity to wear pajamas to school, for example, by giving $1 to Harvest of Love. A single dollar equates to eight meals for Care and Share.


“I’m here today because some people don’t always get the food they need,” stated Bailey Bast, 10, fifth grader. “With us being here, we are helping.” The need is great, according to Care and Share Food Bank. The campaign’s goal for this year is to gather 100,000 pounds of food and $150,000 with the Harvest of Love.


“Care and Share is incredibly grateful for support from District 49 schools. Every can and every dollar count,” said Shannon Brice, Chief Development Officer. “This is great for D49 kids to experience as they are our community of the future.”

 Student picks a sweet treat for her team’s structure at the “canstruction” event at Care and Share Food Bank, Nov. 1.   Students accept $100 prize for participating on winning team at the “canstruction” event at Care and Share Food Bank, Nov. 1.  . Student creates extra decorations for her team’s structure at the “canstruction” event at Care and Share Food Bank, Nov. 1.     

Amy Matisek
719-495-1149, ext. 2136