A jar of peanut butter seems like such a small thing to most of us. But to orphans eking out a daily existence in the filthy garbage dumps of Mexico, it’s a lifeline.
Students in John Condon’s seventh-grade science class at Skyridge Middle School are helping to contribute to this important nutritional need by collecting jars of peanut butter. These will be taken to Mexico by the brother of another Skryidge teacher, Gail Welsh.
It is the fourth year of the school peanut butter collection efforts.
“It is so important because it is easy to transport and fills an important nutritional need,” Condon said. “So I started ‘Peanut Butter Kids.’ My students love to help kids their own age and younger.”
Last year, Condon’s class collected 321 jars.
“I ask the students to bust open their piggy banks and spend their own money on this,” he said. “And I assure them that their peanut butter is going to a Mexican kid who doesn’t have anything at all.”
Condon added that it is enlightening for many of the students to see how other kids their age live.