With a little help from their mascot, Percy the rooster, Primrose School children donated 900 canned goods and 2,000 pounds of turkey to The Salvation Army for the Thanksgiving meal at the downtown emergency shelter through the schools’ Caring and Giving Program. About 90 Pre-K and Kindergarten children from the Shady Holly and Southwest Austin schools raised money to donate this year under the direction of owners Duff Young and Kristin Rhoades.
The Caring and Giving program teaches children to save their allowance from household chores and integrates math and life skills through a budget and shopping expedition to plan and purchase the food.
Duff says, “We load them up and take them on a shopping trip to HEB. Character Development is a part of their curriculum. We have several programs like this throughout the year. They work hard to save money so that they can really make a difference in the community. Overall, the kids have donated $10,000 since 2006.”
Sharon Powell, The Salvation Army Kitchen Supervisor says, “We look forward to the Primrose School donation every year. There is usually enough turkey to use throughout the holiday season. We once had a driver who would wear a pilgrim outfit to pick up the canned food donations from the schools. He really enjoyed seeing the reaction from the children.”
The school mascot, Percy, not only goes shopping with the children, but he also helps teach the children about generosity by telling them about his friend who is a turkey and needs help. Percy’s turkey friend is a puppet that is pinned up in the school hallway and is barely clothed. The parents purchase feathers that the kids decorate to dress the turkey. The kids get excited and engaged. The money collected from this and the children’s allowance is used to purchase the donated turkey and canned goods.
The Salvation Army is grateful to Primrose School for joining us in Doing the Most Good!