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About this Collection
The fourteen students in Mrs. Girardot's Algebra class at the Austin Jewish Academy (AJA) became designers, teachers, and engineers as they supervised younger classes at AJA to build CANstruction shapes out of donated cans of food. Seven teams of two Algebra student leaders designed the CANstruction shape, went to teach a mini-Math lesson that was grade appropriate, and then supervised and helped the younger students to build unique designs out of cans. We built a Candeavor (Space Shuttle), a Canosaurus (stegosaurus), a duck, a Canboy Hat, a Can Capital, a slice of cheesecake, and an AmeriCAN flag along with an Israeli flag. Students came up with creative names or sayings for their CANstruction shapes, including "Don't be a Quack, Give Hunger a Good Snack" for the duck and "A piece of cake" for the cheesecake. Students at Austin Jewish Academy collected over 2000 cans...we will update exact numbers when we "de-CANstruct" our designs and donate all cans to the Central Texas Food Bank in Austin, Texas.
We are collecting can food items for the Central Texas Food Bank because it serves the greatest area and the most individuals in Central Texas. It serves a region that includes 21 counties in Central Texas, which is TWICE the size of the area of Massachusetts. We picked this charity because of our visit to the Central Texas Food Bank to help with the Souper Bowl of Caring Media Kick-off Event in Austin.