Don Earl Early Childhood Center
Arnold, Missouri

P.A.C.K. (Pack Assorted Colors for Kids) Service Learning Project
This practice took the concept of service learning and adapted it to be developmentally appropriate for preschool children. During the P.A.C.K. (Pack Assorted Colors for Kids) month of October, each week was assigned a color. During that week, students learned about that color, wore that color, and brought in a boxed/canned food item of that color to donate to the Arnold Food Pantry. In addition to color recognition, teachers also integrated this project into the curriculum with math concepts like more/less and graphing donations, as well as healthy eating. The staff also took the month to speak to their classrooms about where the food was going and the people it was going to help. At the end of the month, the staff from the Arnold Food pantry drove to the school, and students were able to load their donations onto the van, and speak to the staff. The initial inspiration for this practice is the “P.A.C.K. Week” nutrition program created by Fruits and Veggies More Matters.

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Ms. Vicki Knipmeyer
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