Re-2 students collect cans for LIFT-UP food drive
The new year and time off weren’t the only things Garfield Re-2 students had on their minds during the final weeks of the semester.Students districtwide collected non-perishable goodies in a food drive that benefits LIFT-UP.At Roy Moore Elementary, several fifth-grade students helped counselor Katie Campbell gather the donations. The school’s food drive lasted two weeks and the food has been coming in – and going out – by the box load.”These students are opening their hearts and giving for the holidays,” Campbell said.Campbell integrated the food drive with the character education program in the school. This month’s word is “kindness.””I think sometimes people forget. I know I have money to buy food, but not everyone does. It is a genuine act of kindness,” she said.The fifth-grade class has been helping Campbell collect the food that students in each classroom bring daily.”It makes us feel good and helpful. We’re not only helping others, but (because we are collecting the food), we help our teachers. They don’t have to stop teaching to bring the food down,” said Austin Pace.Ryan Blackard said no one should be hungry during Christmas.”Other people are hungry. We’re not that hungry. We can help save people’s lives,” he said.Rifle Middle School students collected more than 1,500 items for LIFT-UP. Kathryn Senor Elementary students donated nearly 200 items; Riverside Middle School collected more than 500 items; Highland Elementary collected 1,022 items; Rifle High School collected hundreds of items and the Drama Department donated $300; and Wamsley Elementary students donated 10 overflowing boxes to LIFT-UP.”I am really appreciative of the school district helping us out,” said Mike Powell, director of LIFT-UP. “The kids have been great.”The holidays are not the only time they need donations, he said.”This is not a one-shot deal for us. We will go all year-round,” he said. “Truth of the matter is, when the pantries go dry, we buy it at retail and give it away.””This is not a one-shot deal for us. We will go all year-round,” he said. “Truth of the matter is, when the pantries go dry, we buy it at retail and give it away.”
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