RHS Food Drive a Success

Thursday, December 26, 2013
RHS students Bekah Scott, Anna Blackshare, Cheyenne Ellis, Josh Loveless, Haven Cagle and Amy DeMent gather food items donated during the annual Student Council food drive.

Students in Rector joined forces with the community in order to unite and show their concern for others during the holiday season by making the annual Student Council food drive a success.

Leading up to the holiday season, students in kindergarten all the way through high school brought in non-perishable food items to assist local families who have been hurt by the struggling economy and could benefit from a little assistance. Friday, members of the Student Council set about to discreetly deliver baskets of food to area families

"It's something everyone gets behind and supports," sponsor Elden Haynes said. "The support we receive is just outstanding."

This year, the Student Council collected 3,096 canned goods from students, along with hundreds of dry food items. The supplies are coming at a critical time for many, with the holidays stretching many budgets to the breaking point.

Students took part in the annual event, bringing to school canned foods and non-perishable items from home supplies and those purchased specifically for the drive. The items were stored in the school's food pantry.

"Everyone really gets into it," Student Council president Bekah Scott said. "We all want to help."

Scott also noted the annual event has become a competition between classes, with each trying to one-up the other. Top classes this year were Melinda Hobbs' English class with 383 cans and Kristen Holmes' sixth grade class with 258.

The pantry, located in the gymnasium, can store thousands of cans and other food items. It features sturdy metal shelves which can handle the load of holding row upon row of canned goods. With the dedicated area, the pantry can be operated year-round.

"It's a great way for us to give back to the community," Council member Anna Blackshare said.

Though the food drive has concluded, those wishing to contribute may continue to bring their non-perishable food items to the school for distribution. Local families may receive food items by contacting Rector High School at 595-3553.

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