I had the honor of helping out Kendra Smith and her mother, Berna Smith, on December 17 for the 2nd annual Johnson Elementary Food Drive. Kendra is a teacher there at Johnson, and she worries not only about the fundamentals, but also the overall well-being of her students.
Kendra knows that many students go hungry over the winter break, when normally they depend on the free breakfast and free/reduced lunch that school offers. Her motivation? Here are her own words:
As we have all seen the state of our economy turn for the worse this year, the Johnson community, like many, has endured some of its worst times. Parents have lost jobs, students continually come to school hungry and some without supplies and winter coats and I could add to the list enough heart aches to fill this page. These parents love their children, support their education and yearn for their future successes, but struggle to provide what seems so simple, a healthy and balanced meal.
I am so thankful for Kendra and Berna and for all the other teachers that came to help that day. They really did a beautiful thing by organizing this food drive, so please join me in thanking them by sending Kendra an email.
It’s wonderful to have everyday heroes like Kendra in the Southwest Denver family.