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Food drives underway on campuses

Food drive boxes line the halls at Lacy. With Thanksgiving approaching, it’s time to not only think about filling our own plates, but to make sure less fortunate families in the community can do the same. Princeton ISD schools have kicked off the annual food drives to spark this initiative.

These collection efforts are part of the annual Angel Tree Program that also provides toys and clothes to families in need. Food drives will conclude by Nov. 30 to allow volunteers time to sort and organize items.

Last year’s drive broke a record with 20,194 food items donated, which was up by more than 6,000 compared to 2016.

“Campus food drives give students the opportunity to help others and see an immediate impact of what they are doing,” said Huddleston counselor Katie Lander. “Students see the difference they are making when we have trucks filled with donations that they brought into school.”

Organizers say student participation in the food drive is important because it sends a message to kids about civic responsibility and caring.

“Students learn the importance of giving and making small sacrifices for those in need,” said Smith counselor Christine Harrell.

The students also realize the significance of charitable giving.

“Students learn the importance of giving back to our community,” said Harper counselor Erin Johnston. “By donating food, students take on an important role in their own community by helping others less fortunate.”

Making food drives a group effort or competition encourages participation and shows students every little bit matters.

“When students can see and quantify the difference they have made, they feel like they can do anything,” said Godwin Student Council sponsor Linda Warren. “Kids learn best by doing, and teachers are constantly telling their students, ‘You can do anything, if you put your mind to it.’ Making a difference in the lives of others shows them this.”

Christ Cares for Princeton, which operates the local food pantry out of Faith Baptist Church, offers these recommendations for food donations based on needs:

Canned vegetables and fruit

Dry cereal

Oatmeal

Pancake mix and syrup

Sugar

Dried rice

Dried pinto beans

Canned tomato/spaghetti sauce

Pasta

Boxed mac and cheese

Hamburger/tuna helper

Peanut butter

Jelly

Cooking oil

Ketchup/mayo/mustard

Crackers

Pork ‘n beans

Soups

Canned tuna/chicken/Spam

Canned/bottled juice

Ramen noodles

Cornbread mixes

Pudding/jello/cake mixes

Diapers/wipes

Below is a recap of how to donate on each campus.

Princeton High

Student Council is organizing the food drive and has delivered boxes to classes to begin collections. The food drive ends Nov. 30. The 6th-period class that collects the most items receives a pizza party.

Clark Jr. High

The National Jr. Honor Society is sponsoring a food drive until Nov. 30. There will be a box in each teacher's classroom and the top class overall will have a donut and juice party. Students need to deliver their canned good donations to their 5th-period teacher.

Items needed:

Green beans

Corn

Carrots

Potatoes

Soups

Tomato products

Chili

Fruit

Beans (pinto, black, pork and beans, etc.)

Other vegetables

Spaghetti sauces

Milk products

Pasta meals (i.e. Spaghettios, etc.)

Cereals

Crackers

Snack/cake mixes, etc.

Corn bread mixes

Spaghetti pastas

Dry beans

Rice

Flour

Sugar

4 packages of ramen = 1 canned item

Huddleston Intermediate

Huddleston's food drive is underway until Nov. 30. The contest will be between the 1st-period classes. The class that brings the most items will receive a pizza party.

Godwin Elementary

Student Council is organizing the food drive through homeroom classes until Nov. 30.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three classes. First place – pizza party; second place – popcorn for the entire class; and third place – extra recess.

Harper Elementary

Harper is going all out and hosting its fourth annual “Food Fight: Knockout Hunger” until Nov. 30.

Homeroom teachers collect food items and place them in their box outside their room each morning. The office will collect and tally points each day. All food collected will be displayed on the stage. Each day during announcements, the top 10 leader board will be announced. The “Golden Gloves” will hang outside the class atop the leaderboard each day. The classroom with the most points at the end of the day Nov. 30 will win a pizza party and spirit sticks.

These are the knock-out round items and are worth more points on the designated days:

Round 1: Oct. 29-Nov. 2: Pancake mix, syrup and jelly

Round 2: Nov. 5-9: Canned pasta dinners (Spaghettios, etc.) and canned pasta sauces

Round 3: Nov. 12-16: Canned soups/stews/chili and saltine crackers

Round 4: Nov. 26-30: Canned meats (spam, tuna, chicken, etc.) and Hamburger Helper

Lacy Elementary

Lacy students can take donations to their homeroom teacher until Nov. 30. Prizes will be awarded to students in the Top 3 classes that collect the most food. First place – Burger King or Popeye’s kids meal, prize from the school store and extra recess; second place – Burger King or Popeye’s kids meal and extra recess; and third place – extra recess.

Smith Elementary

Smith Elementary will hold its annual canned food drive until Nov. 16 to benefit the students and families of Princeton ISD. To participate, send non-perishable food items with your child. Students will need to take their food items to their homeroom teacher so they may be counted.

Bonus week items (that are worth double points):

Week one (Oct. 29-Nov. 2): canned meats

Week two (Nov. 5-9): peanut butter and jelly

Week three (Nov. 12-16): dried pinto beans and saltine crackers

The top three classes with the highest number of items win a prize. First place – choice of popsicle or pizza party; second place – popsicle party; and third place – extra recess.