First, what is CREST class exactly? CREST class combines classroom learning with community service to instill our Crestview values of Community, Responsibility, Empathy, Sincerity, and Thinking in our students. Throughout fourth grade, students will actively participate in various service projects that cater to the needs of their community. These projects encourage them to apply their academic knowledge in real-world contexts, fostering a sense of purpose and an understanding of the impact they can make. The grand finale will be their fourth-grade market in April! 
For their first service project of the year, the fourth grade CREST students continue a Crestview tradition: creating posters for the Community Center of La Canada Flintridge (CCLF) to support their upcoming canned food drive. For the past six years, Crestview students have been in charge of creating the posters that go on all the collection cans around the community.
For this project, we started by learning about the importance of community service in relation to food insecurity. Through the book, Maddie’s Fridge, we learned how food insecurity can look many different ways. We discussed what food insecurity could mean for children who go to school hungry.  
After learning about food insecurity, we formed groups, discussed rules of collaboration, and got to work!  Each group brainstormed ideas for poster taglines and artwork that would effectively convey the message and inspire their community to donate canned goods. All fourth graders added their creativity and unique perspectives, resulting in a colorful array of posters. In years past, we have received multiple emails praising the student's work—and I know we will again this year! Be on the lookout for the collection cans around La Canada and at Crestview!  Also, please see the flyer in this Rocket Blast for all the details on how to help.