Liz Benstead teaches “Civic Engagement/Service/Service Learning” within the specials rotation to all K – 5 students at Rocky River Elementary in Concord. She firmly believes that the three T’s of philanthropy (time, talent, and treasures) are just as essential as the three R’s in academics (reading, writing, and arithmetic). She obtained a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Rivier College in New Hampshire and a Masters in Secondary Education from Simmons College in Boston. After teaching for twenty years in Westford, Massachusetts, she moved to North Carolina (to escape the harsh New England winters). She is passionate about educating the whole child by using project based and service learning within the classroom. She is currently working with NC Legislators to incorporate a food recovery program, Food Bus, at all NC public schools. The Food Bus project promotes food recovery for the sake of alleviating hunger by collecting unused/unopened food leftover from school lunches, instead of throwing in the garbage. Rocky River Elementary gleaned/donated 3,000 pounds of food to the Cabarrus County Food Bank during the 2017/2018 school year.