PES collects 2,497 cans of food for needy familiesPublished 1:58pm Friday, December 6, 2013
Many needy families in Morgan County will have food on their tables during the Christmas holiday season thanks to the amazing success of a canned food drive sponsored by the student council at Priceville Elementary School.
The food drive ended Thursday with a grand total of 2,497 cans and packages of non-perishable food, or 197 cans over a 2,300 goal.
The food was loaded on a school bus by 19 student council leaders and their sponsors and transported to River Oaks Mall in support of the annual Channel 48-River Oaks Mall Can-A-Thon.
They enjoyed stopping at Burger King for an early lunch before returning to school.
Fifth grader Della Eckenrod was recognized as the student who collected the most food and earned the honor of getting to serve as “School Principal for a Day.” Her total was 264 cans.
Co-sponsor Brianna Brown’s fifth grade class finished first among the classes with 431 cans and qualified for a class party.
“We used the fourth of the 7 Habits, “Think Win-Win,” as a tie-in with the food drive,” said student council co-sponsor Kim Bryan Smith. “It’s always a win-win to see the smiling faces of children receiving a gift of food for the holidays.”
“The whole school worked together; that’s why the food drive was so successful,” Brown said. “The kids are just happy to do something to help those in need. “
“It was a pleasure for me to help people that don’t have enough food,” said Rilee Dutton. “It warms my heart and I pray every night that all needy families will have a good Christmas.”
“I feel great because I was able to help people who need it,” Aubree Ogles stated. “Giving to others is what makes Christmas special.”
Priceville Elementary’s student council is comprised of representatives from grades two through five.