West High Conducts Food Drive to Support Neighbors

  • boxes full of donated food

Once again, West High students, faculty, and staff have stepped up to help their neighbors in need. For several years, the school has made it part of their Spirit Bowl contest to collect as much food as possible leading up to the holiday season. 

“This year we expect to help at least 60 families,” said Lisa Sandstrom in the Family Resource Center at West. “These are families that need the food to get them through.” 

Sandstrom will add gift cards to the food when needed. The gift cards are donated from the Larry H. Miller Foundation as well as from money raised at the school during the annual “$10,000 in 10 Minutes” fundraiser. That fundraiser is scheduled for December 20. 

“The students donate any money they can, often just their pocket change,” Sandstrom said. “If we raise $10,000 in ten minutes, then the students get a special reward.” Last year the students raised over $13,000, with some past years going over $20,000. 

This year, the school collected two large crates of food to be donated. Each morning, student body officers and senators could be found pushing shopping carts through the building collecting room by room. 

The competition is between each of the classes (ELP, freshman, sophomore, junior, senior), as well as the faculty and staff. Each item donated has a point value. The larger the item, the more points added to your class score. 

Though the points are fun, the real value is the lesson learned at West about helping our neighbors. There is something special in knowing that a family will be smiling when that jar of peanut butter or can of tuna is delivered to fill a shelf that was very empty that morning.

Author: Steven Assay, West High School

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