BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - During the month of November, the students and families at the Primrose School of Berkeley Heights collected food to donate to the Market Street Mission, which provides food, shelter, and clothing for homeless and disadvantaged men, women, and children. This is the third year in a row that Primrose has partnered with the Market Street Mission for this important cause and this year the school donated more than 1,000 items.

This event isn’t just about filling boxes with food, though - it’s also about teaching valuable life skills and lessons to the children.

“At Primrose, we believe who children become is as important as what they know and we are committed to developing students who are active and engaged members of their communities," said Primrose School of Berkeley Heights. "Our Caring and Giving program provides an opportunity for children to experience what it really means to help others. Caring and Giving is part of our Primrose Promise Giving Events and character development program, which are important pieces of our exclusive Balanced Learning curriculum,” 

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The “giving” for this project started long before any food was collected. During the month of October, each class decorated a pumpkin for Halloween. The pumpkins were displayed in the school and parents were encouraged to vote for their favorite by donating loose change. The school was able to raise nearly $400 during the contest and then used that money to purchase food for the “Caring and Giving Food Drive.”

Some children also participated in raising money to buy food by completing chores or tasks at home. They used the money they earned to purchase food to donate. The children learned valuable lessons about hard work, compensation, commerce, and even nutrition as they were able to help pick out the food they wanted to donate. All this is done while keeping in mind the core value of “giving without expectation.” Children learn that the value lies not in a reward they receive for doing a good deed but in the act itself. Instilling these values early on ensures our next generation will grow into caring and giving adults who are active and engaged members of their communities.

Primrose School of Berkeley Heights is located at 246 Springfield Ave., Berkeley Heights NJ.

908.286.0900 | PrimroseBerkeleyHeights.com