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Springs Studio Students Harvest Kindness to Benefit Food Bank

Food and carnival games were ripe for the picking at the Springs Studio for Academic Excellence Harvestmania event Nov. 9. Students and staff gathered together to celebrate the season, and to raise money for Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. Harvestmania raised nearly $450 for the local nonprofit.

 Kimberly McKenna, eighth-grader at SSAE, tests her skills at the ping pong ball game at Harvestmania Nov. 9.

This year learners at SSAE have been inspired by a kindness campaign. The school-wide initiative helps recognize fellow students and staff for providing acts of thoughtfulness. Harvestmania is just one example of the SSAE family giving back to the community at large.


“For me, it’s about teaching kids to be civic-minded,” shared Chevette Mooney, middle school teacher and student council sponsor. Middle schoolers created the carnival games, and students from the school operated the activities. Besides a full meal, attendees could enjoy face painting, and games like Pin the Tail on the Turkey and Springs Studio Bowling.


“Tonight is all about community involvement,” commented Adam Barela, assistant principal. “It’s nice to see our students and parents coming together.”


In addition to the Harvestmania gathering, National Junior Honor Society scholars at SSAE collected food and frozen turkeys during November to share with families in need.


“What Springs Studio achieved through this event is amazing,” remarked Lynne Telford, president and CEO of Care and Share. “We are so grateful for the students and staff who went above and beyond to help collect food donations for our neighbors in need. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without great partnerships like this one.”

A sibling of an SSAE student tries his luck bowling at the Harvestmania event Nov. 9 at Springs Studio.  . The Kindness Tree at SSAE is representative of their Harvestmania event Nov. 9 that raised nearly $450 for Care and Share.  . Gavin Malo, third-grader at SSAE, patiently waits for his face painting to be complete at Harvestmania Nov. 9.

Amy Matisek
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