Jefferson Elementary students in Joplin are working to Build a Menu for the homeless at Watered Gardens.
The school is collecting hundreds of non-perishable items that will be used to create meals at the Watered Gardens mission.
First graders loaded up and carried canned goods, spaghetti and other meal ingredients from the classroom to the stage on Thursday.
The teacher coordinating the effort says she and other staffers will help prepare a few meals in April and May, but the collection could get the kids to do their part.
"We've done several projects for them throughout the year and we've talked so much about community service and how we can give back to our community, be involved in volunteering," says Monica Bay, a first grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary. "It's hard for us to get the kids out to volunteer so this is just an easy way for us to do something as simple as collect canned goods and know that it's going to a good cause."
The students were given a couple incentives and one has been reached. With 300 cans the school's principal will let students duct tape him to a wall.
If they can collect 700 total, another staffer will let them paint his beard and then shave it off.