How One High Schooler Turned Cereal Collecting into a Passion Project

Savannah Danforth set out to accomplish her mission. Savannah is a Junior at Greensburg Community High School. She was asked to complete a student-led project. Savannah considered that she knows that she has classmates who depend on eating breakfast at school as they may need food available at home in the mornings. She said that she worried that when school dismissed for the summer these students would not have the school breakfast to rely upon. The project began on April 22nd and was finalized on May 10, 2024. 

Savannah said, “I love to eat cereal. It is a non-perishable food that can be eaten with milk or without. You can even eat the cereal anytime.”

Savannah spearheaded this project, acknowledging the substantial support she received from her National Honor Society Sponsor, Brianna Kraishar. She also noted the valuable assistance provided by her classmates throughout the process.

Although she does not have the final numbers, she provided me with her inventory as of Friday, May 10, 2024. She has 642 boxes and raised $400 in cash donations to purchase additional cereal. She said that Jac-Cen-Del has collected 220 boxes of cereal in addition to the inventory on hand above. 

The cereal boxes will be divided with half going to Greensburg Bread of Life and the other half going to Hands of Hope Food Pantry. When Savannah was asked if she felt this project was successful she happily replied, “It was very successful. This will provide cereal to those that may need food.”

At the end of the interview, I asked Savannah if she had anything else to say about her project or about organizing a project like this. Savannah said, “Never be afraid if you notice something that needs to be changed or completed. Go to a trusted adult and problem solve the problem.” I asked Savannah what career she plans to work towards. She replied that she would like to be a nurse. 

Savannah’s efforts show what one person can do to make such a large difference. 

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