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What Role Do Teachers Play in the Fight Against Hunger

To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, we are shining a spotlight on the inspiring stories of teachers who continue their dedication to service beyond the classroom. One such remarkable individual is Kristin, a retired teacher who has been volunteering with Second Harvest since 2019. Her story is not just about giving back but also about the deep connections and personal growth that come from serving others. 

Kristin’s Transition from Teaching to Volunteering 

After a fulfilling career in education, Kristin chose not to let retirement slow her down. “I knew I didn’t want to spend my days doing nothing. I wanted to give back and serve,” Kristin reflects. Her transition from teaching young minds to serving her community was sparked by her daughter, who introduced her to Second Harvest.  

The Global and Local Impact of Volunteering 

Kristin recalls days in the classroom when students would come to her asking for something to eat because they had not had breakfast, or, in some cases, even dinner the night before. Kristen was always willing to help, even after she left the classroom. Her experiences have reinforced her resolve to make a difference locally. “Two hours of your day can make a lifetime’s worth of difference for somebody else,” says Kristin, emphasizing the profound impact of even the smallest efforts. 

Building Bonds Through Service 

Volunteering has also opened the door to new relationships for Kristin. Through her work at Second Harvest, she has not only contributed to her community but also found a second family among her fellow volunteers. These connections have blossomed into lifelong bonds, enriching her life far beyond her initial expectations. “I have my family, and I have my Second Harvest family,” she shares, highlighting the community she has found through service. 

Conclusion: Join the Movement 

Kristin’s story is a powerful reminder of the impact that educators can have in their communities. As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, let her journey inspire you to enrich your own life and those around you. Your contribution can carry forward the legacy of teachers like Kristin who continue to educate and inspire through their actions. 

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