Sweet Day for Volunteers
Johnson students help community volunteers have a sweet day
Posted on 03/17/2016
March winner
Children at Johnson Elementary are helping Krispy Kreme honor area volunteers and make sure they have a sweet day.  Fourth-grade children at Johnson search for community volunteers making a difference and select a group to receive free donuts from Krispy Kreme.  March is the first month the children have selected a winner and a group of volunteers assisting Johnson from Sunny Hills Baptist and Mizpah Methodist were selected to receive the sweet treats.

The award winning volunteers from Sunny Hills and Mizpah gather donations and supplies to fill food bags called "Backpack Buddies" to send home with students at Johnson.  The bags are filled with food to help ensure the children will have something to eat over the weekends and holiday breaks from school.  The "Backpack Buddies" support more than 45 students at Johnson each week.

The group of fourth-graders making the selection of their volunteer buddies at Johnson wrote a special note that was read during the presentation of the donuts. "Thank you for the time and service you put in to make our lives better in Rome and at Johnson," wrote the students. "We hope you have a sweet day." 
 
The fourth-grade group at Johnson will designate a deserving service organization from the Rome area each month and present the selected group with a dozen donuts from the Krispy Kreme location in Rome.  The students then recognize the group, present them with the donuts and post a written explanation of why the group was selected on a blog on the Krispy Kreme website.

The Johnson fourth-grade group will select a winner each month during the school year through March, 2017.  The group will take off June and July while they are out of school for summer break.  Jamie Skinner and Becky Dawson, teacher coordinators of the recognition program, assist the fourth-grade students at Johnson Elementary.