Parnassus Preparatory School launched their inaugural school community service project in November with tons of success — more than two tons to be more accurate.
For one week, Parnassus scholars participated in a food and supplies drive to benefit the Community Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP) in Brooklyn Park. Students competed to see which homeroom could bring in the most items and earn the most points for their class. Over the course of the week, Parnassus’ scholars collected 4,816 pounds of food and household supplies.
In addition to the truckload of donations CEAP picked up, Parnassus needed to send more than 20 additional carloads of food and supplies over the course of the week because they kept running out of storage area at the school to hold all the donations.
“I don’t think I’ve seen that much food ever come out of one school,” said Tiffany Nguyen, CEAP Community Relations Manager. “I am thoroughly amazed.”
The Parnassus staff and administration were moved by the generosity displayed by students and their families.
“Our scholars showed a true understanding of citizenship and used this opportunity to put our character pillars in action to benefit their community,” said Constance Ford, Executive Director at Parnassus. “It was so encouraging to see how excited the students were about giving back to their community this holiday season. Thanks ‘two tons’ to our scholars for doing such an amazing job.”
By the Numbers
Parnassus scholars donated 8,000+ individual items to help community members, including:
• 2,000+ plus rolls of toilet paper
• 800+ boxed dinners
• 700+ rolls of paper towels
• 213 packages of laundry detergent (enough to do over 3,000 loads of laundry)
• 4,816 pounds of food and supplies Parnassus donated to CEAP
• 13.3 average number of items donated by each Parnassus student
• 1 extraordinarily successful community service project!
Located in Maple Grove, Parnassus Preparatory School is the only licensed K-12 public charter school in the northwest metro area that offers the classical trivium.