Northside’s EarlyAct FirstKnight Club (EAFC) collected 58.6 pounds of canned beverage tops as a project for the 2018-19 school year. According to sponsor Deanna Herrmann, that number was almost doubled when members of the Elks Lodge of El Campo contributed an additional 51.8 pounds, making the total 110.4 pounds, all of which were donated to the Ronald McDonald House last week.
Considered a home-away-from-home, the Ronald McDonald House offers affordable, temporary housing for families of critically ill children who are receiving medical treatment in local hospitals.
EAFC “started in 2011,” Herrmann said.
In the beginning, fourth and fifth grade members of the group headed up a local and a global project. Locally, they organized a food drive in which canned goods and non perishables were donated to the Blessing Cup Storehouse. Globally, they adopted the Pennies for Polio project. The El Campo Rotary matched the amount students collected, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation matched it two to one. But the group wanted to do an additional project that didn’t require collecting money or canned goods.
“We were looking for a project,” Herrmann said. “Something where you could turn trash into cash ... something everyone could be a part in.”
EAFC has been collecting beverage tabs for six years now. According to Herrmann, it is much easier than collecting cans and easier to deliver to the Ronald McDonald House.
The club has a student representative from each class to serve on the committee, or council, to make decisions about projects for EAFC, which stresses “service above self,” Herrmann said.