Students at Oklahoma City’s Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School completed their second annual canned food drive for the state Department of Human Services.
The students increased their donation by nearly 1,000 food items.
When the school’s food drive concluded Nov. 12, the students had rounded up 2,742 canned and boxed items to donate to DHS clients so they can have a Thanksgiving Day meal.
"We would be unable to assist many Oklahomans if not for the donations that we receive from the community,” said Karen Jacobs, coordinator at the DHS office of volunteerism. "These students are making a big difference in the lives of many families with each and every food item they have donated.”
Jacobs and other DHS staff and volunteers stopped by the school to congratulate the students and to collect the donations.
The spirit of competition played a part in the canned food drive, which was organized by the Belle Isle student leadership team. Charlotte Hammon, Belle Isle student leadership team sponsor, said the class that donated the most items won a pizza party.
That award went to Dan Covey’s seventh-grade science class, whose members collected 356 items. Any class that collected more than 200 items received a day in casual clothes, instead of the school’s usual uniform, Hammon said.