Kids collect canned goods for hungry children

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Some 3 and 4-year-olds at all three Primrose schools in Jacksonville are giving back to those in need. They've been collecting canned goods for a food bank in Julington Creek and on Wednesday, they helped load the bus with everything they collected.

Staff members will deliver the canned goods. The kids got all bundled up in the cold weather, taking food to the bus that will deliver everything they've collected over the last few weeks.

"For people that don't have food and just have a little bit," one student said.

Susan Muller, the owner of Primrose Schools, said there's a reason they start teaching them so young. She said a child's education and character is set by the age of 6, so it's important to get them involved in the community and set the basis for their empathy and citizenship.

"Once they see that one little thing can make such an impact and difference on someone else, they typically want to do it again and again and again," Muller said.

The food the kids collected is going to JCP Cares in St. Johns County, a group that feeds hungry children.

"They get very excited as they load the bus and excited to go deliver it," said Nikki Nadeau, of Primrose. "They enjoy the experience."

Each month, the school focuses on a different way to give back to the community.

"We collect different things throughout the year monthly to get the kids involved and get them excited," Muller said. "So next month we collect toys and presents for the students at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind."

It's a part of the school's Community Caring and Giving Character Development Program. The school said it's also a great way to get parents involved in giving back to the community.

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