Pope Elementary has collected over 7,000 cans for the community


Pope elementary school in Jackson is seeking to create community in their school by serving the community together.

“I remembered being in elementary school and us doing this and what it meant and I wanted to bring that here to Pope so that we could bring community together and to serve the people that need it," said Ashley Schunk a paraprofessional at Pope.

Ashley Schunk came up with the idea to collect cans at pope for the Regional Inter-Faith Association (RIFA). And the students and parents quickly bought into the idea.

School counselor Traci Winston said, "I saw parents coming in with piles of cans. I mean, looking like they bought out the whole grocery store and we appreciate them for that. Because that’s really what it’s about, going out getting those cans and bringing them in to help the homeless or to help whoever needs help during the holiday season.”

Winston says the 600 students at pope have collected a huge number of cans, "We’ve been collecting cans for three weeks and we’ve already collected 7,450”

As can cover the walls of the lobby students are walking the halls proud of the service they are doing for others

“I have kids stopping me in the hall, 'Hey did you get my cans?,'” said Schunk.

“They're coming to school and they're happy. They're happy about helping other people," said Winston.

RIFA will pick up all of the cans on Monday.

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