JTES students take part in food drive

Thursday, December 17, 2009
Students at Jackson Township Elementary collected more than 1,400 items in a recent food drive, sponsored by student council representatives (from left) Jordan Berardi, Noah Short, Trenton Smith, Hope Grady, Elle Tipton, Madison Kapke, Mia Watson and Camden Roembke. Items will be used to fill 28 food baskets and items not used will be donated to the Clay County Food Pantry.

Students at Jackson Township Elementary have not forgotten the true meaning of Christmas.

"We had 28 requests for food baskets," fifth-grade teacher Becky Jeffers said.

On designated days students were encouraged to bring in canned goods, boxed food, and paper products.

Jeffers had only hoped to have 300 items per day, however the students took the theme, be the miracle, for the collection to heart.

"We made a difference," student Mia Watson said.

In total, the students collected more than 1,400 items. There was approximately 450 canned good items, 352 boxed food items and 765 paper product items.

The student council, which is made up of fourth- and -fifth-grade students, is still in awe by the amount of items collected.

"We are helping a lot of people by doing this," Camden Roembke said.

"We've helped a lot of people who needed food," Noah Short added.

Each day the student council counted items and notified the student body of the winning classroom. The classrooms that collected the most were Michelle Bell's second grade class for canned goods, Larissa Goshen's third-grade class for boxed goods and Daniel Webster's fifth-grade class for paper and hygiene products.

"I am so impressed and appreciative of the Jackson Township students and families for this success," Jeffers said. "We will be able to be very generous with the food baskets."

Any items not used in the baskets will be donated to the Clay County Food Pantry.

"It is impressive the benevolence of the students and their families," Principal Jeff Fritz said.

For all the work the students did collecting and counting, the families receiving the baskets will be benefiting the most.

"I think we did a good job," Madison Kapke said.

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  • As a parent of a JTE student I am proud to say that this is something my son takes pride in participating in. He knows that he is helping out other children who are less fortunate and that makes him feel good. Way to go JTE Elementary for paying it forward!!!

    -- Posted by foxycougar75 on Fri, Dec 18, 2009, at 2:28 PM
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