In Cedar Ridge Elementary School’s annual five-day United We Care food drive, the class that brings in the most items is treated to a free pizza party.
On Thursday morning, second-grader Kaden Mielitz ensured his classmates will be the ones chowing down.
When Mielitz, his mother Katie, school counselor Gay Tranum and four schoolmates carted $435 worth of food items from his car to the school, depositing them into their own special bins, that pretty much put the icing on the cake.
After donating food to the drive a year ago, Mielitz accepted a challenge from his mother to raise $50 – which would then be matched by each of his parents – toward the purchase of food which the school has been donating to the local Grovetown United We Care organization for six years.
In September, after saving $95, the 7-year-old Mielitz went even further, coming up with the idea for a yard sale and he raised another $88 selling snacks, beverages, clothes and toys.
“I just thought of it,” Mielitz said of the yard sale idea, adding that donating the food made him feel good.
Tranum said the Title 1 school donates on average 1,000 items a year during the drive. She was impressed by Mielitz’s efforts and of those at the school.
“I think it speaks highly of kids who bring things in,” Tranum said.
Katie Mielitz said she hates yard sales but that Kaden organized it and advertised it, taking the pressure off her.
“He’s working on that philanthropy and leadership like a champ,” said Katie Mielitz. “I am constantly surprised by him.”