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Tis the season for food drives

Wildwood Middle students team up with Fairway Elementary for the annual “Got Your Back Pack” food drive.
Wildwood Middle students team up with Fairway Elementary for the annual “Got Your Back Pack” food drive. [Wildwood Middle photo]

Several area schools in Parkway and Rockwood collected food donations for those in need during the holiday season. In Parkway, Claymont Elementary collected food at a local Schnucks for the food drive on Nov. 23. After four hours, they’d collected 681 items of food and $26 in monetary donations. The food drive continued until Dec. 6 for additional collections. 

Students at Parkway West Middle held a food drive from Nov. 11 to 22 called “Stuff the Turkey” to help those in need. Crushing the original goal of 2,000 non-perishable food items, students collected a total of 2,247 items. The LEAD Lighthouse Team, a group character council dedicated to community building service projects, organized and bagged the Thanksgiving donations. 

In Rockwood, Wildwood Middle student council members Abby and Ethan Beyrouty, Audrey Keller, Mylania McIntyre, Lucie Ortinau, Alifiya Shakeel, Nathan Smythe and Adeline Stephens, worked in the “Got Your Back Pack” [GYBP] room at Fairway Elementary.

Splitting up into teams of two, the students arranged the 10 to 11 food items needed for each bag into an array of 40 bundles, then double-bagged each bundle for distribution to students in need around the district. In all, the Wildwood students prepared 160 bags, besting the previous week’s record of 150. 

The GYBP headquarters at Fairway contains shelves of food items that are easy to open, simple to prepare and can accommodate a variety of living circumstances. Each week, volunteers pack at least 100 bags that district students who are homeless can take with them for the weekend.

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